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Why are teenagers more anxious than ever?

Redefining what matters is helpful.

Jake, a young man in Denizet-Lewis’s story, had never failed at anything. Doing so was one of his major fears. During extensive therapy sessions he learned, among other things, to tweak what he wanted out of life. 

“Friendships matter,” Denizet-Lewis told Boyd. “Yes, getting into UNC [University of North Carolina] mattered. But what he needed to be happy were close, honest connections, whether with his family or his friends.” 

Added his mother, who called into the show: “We don’t need a perfect Jake; we just need a happy Jake.”

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