The Pew Research Center has revealed that the majority of the teenagers of the U.S. are suffering from depression. The reports reveal that the increase in the percentage of depressed teenagers from 2007 to 2017 has been about fifty-nine percent.
The reports also revealed the number of depressed females is significantly higher than that of the males.
To be specific, the number of depressed girls is three times more than the depressed boys. The increase in the percentage of depressed boys is forty-four percent. Whereas an increase in the number of depressed girls is sixty-six percent.
Teenage constitutes the age group from thirteen to nineteen. The fifty-nine percent increase reveals about 3.2 million teenagers of the U.S. have experienced a severe depressive episode. However, significantly a greater number of teenagers are prone to depression.
The teen years of any person’s life are the most significant ones. In fact, healthy mental health in the teenage leads to a significantly better life. These years frame the core of an individual’s thinking pattern. If left unsupervised, even minor a teenage depression may lead to severe mental disorders in the future.
How to help the depressed?
As a cautious parent or a guardian, you must observe small changes in your child’s behavior. Loss of appetite, a persistent low mood as well as abnormal sleep patterns are the common symptoms of depression. However, the symptoms vary from person to person and do not necessarily symbolize a depressive episode.
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What may be the causes of depression?
Every teenager has the desire to fit in. They long to be loved to be popular or perhaps to fulfill expectations. Various expectations include good marks, good appearance or significant achievements. Young minds respond differently to such pressures. There are two possibilities they may flourish with an optimistic attitude or they may experience profound sadness for not being able to fit in according to the standards.
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If the percentage of depressed teenagers is so high, the future of the U.S. doesn’t seem too bright. The kids need professional guidance and support from their homes.
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