Health officials say these days, the pressure to get into college begins long before high school. It's not just grades that make students anxious, but being able to participate in enough after school activities.
Counselors say parents need to ease up on their demands of their children. "The message that we're giving kids as they are growing up is they have to be good at everything, no wonder they're anxious," said Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, with the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Health officials also say some students are finding dangerous ways to handle the stress and anxiety, like turning to drinking and drugs.