Depression Is Rising In US Teens Girls

Posted: Nov 15 2016, 8:11am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Depression is Rising in US Teens Girls
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  • Depression Symptoms are Getting Nastier with the Changing Times among Teenage Girls

It is a worrisome trend. Depression symptoms are getting nastier with the changing times among US teenage girls.

While a great number or teenagers report feeling depressed, more and more of them are forgoing any treatment options. This is a dangerous thing seeing that the end result of major depression could be suicidal tendencies.

Even the medical profession is involved in this conspiracy of silence. Many physicians fear asking their patients regarding their mental health and just assume that they will cope with the condition no matter what happens. Yet, this is wishful thinking at best.

We live in stressful times. Everyone is faced with the paradox of over-choice. Teenagers face the onsalught of postmodern existence in a head-on manner.

The exact reasons behind their being prone to depression need to be discovered. Between 2005 and 2014, teenagers showed an increase in depression rates from 8.7% to 11.3%.

As for young adults, their rates of depressive illness also shot up from 8.8% to 9.6% during the selfsame period of time. More than 170,000 teens and over 180,000 mature individuals were included in the study. Their ages ranged from 18 to 25.

Annually, one in 11 teenagers faces depression. The figure for adults is similar. Between 2005 and 2014, this spike in mental illness occurred. Caucasians especially white girls are the most likely to suffer from depression.

There may be many reasons behind this aetiology of the blues and feeling down. This sample of the population bears the brunt of the burden when it comes to the trigger causes of depression.

Cyberbullying is a common event nowadays and one which leaves the self-esteem of these female teenagers in shreds. They are more vulnerable than boys of the same age group to the ravages of cyberbullying.

Mobile phone technology with the texting that goes along with it may be another factor. The constant use of this facility could get on one’s nerves after awhile.

As the number of teens seeking a cure for their melancholia increases, the doctors are stumped as to what to do. The irony is that the anti-depressant drugs meant to treat the condition actually increase the risk of suicidal behavior.

Most teens also choose to suffer in silence which only worsens the disease. Untreated depression in the youth is something which destroys our future generation which holds the world’s reins in its hands. This is a tragedy that has to be averted and fast otherwise we risk losing out in the care of our children.

This study got published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday.

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