Depression in Teens: A Growing Concern
The suicide rate among youths between the ages of 15 and 19 has increased by more than 3.4% in recent years.
The Alarming Data
There are multiple reasons such as bullying, online/offline harassment, peer pressure, dominating parents or teachers.
The Causes of Depression
The Social Media Pressure
Social Media has created a standard for teens, especially about the way they look and dress. This leads to body shaming and self-consciousness.
Teens who experience sexual harassment, emotional or physical abuse, catcalling, childhood trauma, etc. are another significant factor contributing to depression.
Neglected Kids tend to fall prey to the devil of substance abuse. Teenagers typically turn to alcohol and drugs as coping techniques for mental stresses like a failure.
Other domestic factors that contribute to young adults' depression include dysfunctional households, the death of a loved one, weak interpersonal ties, and poor parenting.
It is important to be aware of the symptoms of depression such as social withdrawal, changes in weight, loss of appetite , smoking & drinking, emotional outbursts, and more.
Identify the Symptoms
The Way Out
Read on to know more about teenage depression and how one can help these young minds get back on track.