5 Causes of Stress, Low Energy, and Lack of Focus in Teens

Comments: 0 | September 16th, 2020

smiling teenage boys and girlsDo you have a teenager who is suffering with stress, anxiety, lack of focus, and low energy?  Are they struggling with their school work?  Are they feeling depressed and discouraged because they have not been able to accomplish what they want to?

Teens should be filled with energy and enthusiasm during this time in their life, and if they’re not, then it’s important to find the underlying cause so you can help them feel their best. You want your children to have confidence and energy for the entire school year. Getting them on a path to health and wellness, naturally, will help to ensure a bright, healthy successful future!

5 Causes of Stress, Low Energy, and Lack of Focus in Teens


While it is usually adults who experience symptoms of hormone decline, this can also happen to children. They are not too young to have hypothyroidism or hormone deficiencies that can negatively affect their health and well-being.

Symptoms of Low Thyroid Function

  • Loss of energy/fatigue
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Difficulty concentrating and short term memory loss
  • Weight gain
  • Fluid retention
  • Enlarged tongue with teeth indentations
  • Cold extremities and cold sensitivity
  • Cold intolerance
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle fingernails with ridging
  • Low basal body temperature
  • Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Constipation
  • Muscle pain and cramps
  • Joint pain
  • Tiredness after a full night’s sleep
  • Recurrent and chronic infections
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Headaches
  • Enlarged thyroid gland


Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands cannot produce enough cortisol to meet the demands of the body.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

  • Severe fatigue – the number one symptom of adrenal fatigue
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness upon standing
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty “bouncing back” from stress
  • Recurrent infections
  • Allergies and/or asthma
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Infertility
  • Low libido
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Cold and heat intolerance
  • Depression
  • Headaches


The food your teen eats has a direct effect on how he or she feels. It is important to avoid fast food and processed food as much as possible. Eliminate sugar and simple carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, chips, crackers, donuts, cookies, pizza, etc.

We recommend a Yeast-Free Eating Program and Ketogenic Eating Program, not just for the kids, but for the whole family.

The yeast-free eating program involves eliminating sugar and simple carbohydrates, and eating real food, such as organic fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat and nuts, to give the body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

The ketogenic diet, also known as the keto diet, is an eating program that focuses on eating fat (good fats) for fuel. The keto diet switches you from burning glucose (which carbs provide) to burning ketones (which fat produces) for energy. Instead of using carbohydrates, your body uses fat as its main source of energy. You can eat healthy fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds, fish oil and olive oil. You can also eat meat, chicken, eggs, fish and vegetables.

Healthy Snack Ideas for Your Teen

celery sticks with peanut butter







Spread peanut butter on apple slices or celery. If allergic to peanuts, then there are other healthy options such as almond butter and cashew butter.







Hummus makes a great dip for veggies. Try our yeast-free cilantro garlic hummus recipe – it’s delicious!

mixed raw nuts







Raw nuts make a great snack, such as almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, cashews, walnuts…and they are easy to take with you on the go.


Regular exercise is essential for good health. It helps keep your weight in check, maintains muscle tone, and improves mental function and heart health.

There are many ways that exercise can help improve brain function, not the least of which is improvement of memory and ability to learn.

Encourage your teens to stay active doing an activity that they love, whether it be playing basketball on your driveway, dancing, or going for brisk walks around your neighborhood. During the pandemic, they can find a good online fitness class or routine to follow weekly, as well.


Allergies can negatively affect your teen’s health and cause symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, chronic sinus infections or cough, eczema and even indigestion and constipation. The top seven most common food allergens include wheat, corn, egg, yeast, milk, soybean and coconut.

Natural Allergy Treatment    

At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we desensitize our guests to the allergens to which they are having a reaction with sublingual allergy drops, which are a safe, effective allergy desensitization treatment. Taking allergy drops under the tongue at home every day is also much more convenient (and less painful) than having to go to your doctor’s office for allergy shots.


The best way to take care of your children’s health is to get them on a healthy eating and exercise program, and make sure their immune system is strong.  It’s also very important to address any hormone imbalances and allergies that could be negatively affecting both their mental and physical health.

If your child is experiencing difficulty concentrating, stress, fatigue, anxiety or depression, find out what could be the culprit. Take our symptom checker quiz to find out. Give us a call today for a complimentary consultation at 281-698-8698.

Your children deserve to have a doctor and a team of professionals to coach them onto a path of health and wellness, naturally, so that they can enjoy a better quality of life without the use of pharmaceutical drugs, and be successful in school and in life.




Written By: STEVEN F. HOTZE, M.D.

Steven F. Hotze, M.D., is the founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze Vitamins and Physicians Preference Pharmacy International, LLC.

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