Shocking Trend: Depression Rates Rising In Teens[VIDEO]
A recent report published on depression among teens should draw our attention towards the rising crisis. The report surveyed more than 350,000 teens and adults between the age group of 18-25 years.
"The 12-month prevalence of major depressive episodes increased from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014 in adolescents and from 8.8 percent to 9.6 percent in young adults," Dr. Ramin Mojtabai of Johns Hopkins University.
The report further added "Each year, almost one in 11 adolescents and young adults have a major depressive episode". The depression is alarming among Whites, especially White Girls, who are subjected to severe depression, reports NBC News.
As per WebMD, the probable causes for depression were attributed to declining mental health of the teens, troubled families, academic pressures, undue attention to beauty over health, and improper use of technology.
However, the main cause which is driving the teens towards depression is, undoubtedly, the Social Media. With ever-increasing dependence on the mobiles and Social Media, teens are used to unhealthy form of chatting, communication and peer pressures.
Cyber bullying is an underlying threat to girl teens, who are more susceptible than boy teens. Girls get depressed through social media, while boys get depressed playing video games and watching porn. In the midst of social networking, they stop talking to families and lose basic traits like human values and togetherness, besides emotional intelligence and problem-solving capabilities.
On the flip-side, untreated youth depression is the second leading cause of death in adolescents aged between 15-19. Depression, If teen depression symptoms are not identified and treated in the early stages, they could lead to suicide.
It is not that teens are not reporting about their depression to the parents and doctors, as the same teens are part of the above survey. But, the main problem is that teen depression symptoms are not addressed properly by parents or doctors.
Parents should guide the teens throughout the teenage, devoting most of their time in helping the teen achieve their goals and comfort them in their social environment. Teenagers won't share their problems with stubborn parents who always insist on following their words. Teens like parents listen to their problems and navigate them through their hardships.