Depression Is No Joke
Teenage depression is constantly on the rise, with teens aged 12-17 being more depressed now more than ever before.
The usual signs of depression include a general loss of interest even to the things that they used to enjoy, extreme sensitivity to things such as failure or rejection, insomnia and other sleeping problems, a general decrease in energy levels, among many other things.
Today, I am going to talk about some excerpts taken from Scott Adams, Ph.D., the Director of Youth Psychology and Quality at the Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado. It is quite interesting so do please read the rest of the article.
- Teens Are Experiencing Self-Esteem Issues
According to Adams, he said that most of the teens who exhibit depressive symptoms are often the ones that have prevailing self-esteem issues. Things like gender identification, bullying (real world or otherwise), obesity and body shaming, intercourse related issues such as premature ejaculation and many more can contribute to depression.
Also, teens aged 12-17 that already have minor links to depression are more likely to get it to a severe status once they reach young adulthood.
- Teens Get Depressed Due To Health Conditions
Teenagers who suffer from chronic diseases such as asthma and chronic pain are also highly susceptible to developing depression. It is also important to note that other psychological conditions such as Bipolar disorder, anxiety and personality disorders can also affect teens as well.
People can have a genetic predisposition to depression as well, especially if one immediate family member has them before.
Aside from genetics, problems in the family can also contribute to depression as well. Things such as familial disputes between the mom and the dad, divorce, a death in the family, dysfunctional family, and so on can also have a huge impact on a person’s mental health as well.
- The Prevalence Of Social Media
Adams said that although the main focus of social media is to bring people closer together, it can also be an avenue for unrealistic expectations.
For instance, there are a lot of fitness celebrities and even actual celebrities on Instagram and people, including teens, follow them. They then have unrealistic expectations because they want to emulate their idols and they want to have the same physiques as them.
And, with the advent of smartphones, more and more teens spend most of their day frequenting social media sites, thereby eliminating the possibility of having real interactions.
- Lack of Sleep
When we lack sleep, our usual response would be that we tend to get grumpy. But, it is found out that teens who lack sleep most of the time are at high risk of getting depression.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens should get at least 8 hours of sleep to ensure optimum growth and good overall health.
Since teens can sink in more time on social media and other online platforms, they rarely get any good night’s sleep nowadays. Couple that with increasing demand in academics, it is no wonder why teens get more depressed in this day and age.