Teens Claiming To Have Depression And Anxiety
There was a study done recently where it was determined that the average teens student today has the same stress levels and depression as an asylum patient from the 1960’s. That was back when they pretty much abused the patients in an attempt to “cure” them.
I completely believe it too. Technology has made certain aspects of our lives so much easier. But it’s added extra stress. Plus several of those things that we used to do that have been replaced with technology were physical things. Being physically active is known to reduce stress. So the added stress of certain technological advances combined with less physical activity equals more stress.
After sharing with my daughter how many views i had on this (and it was she who told me about the study in the first place), my daughter has an alternative theory that she asked me you add to this answer. So here it is:
And I think that it’s because we’re becoming for aware of the world around us. Older generations complain about us being on our phones all the time but they don’t realize that we have all the information in the world at our fingertips because of our phones. So we’re becoming more aware of politics and the world’s problems, and on top of that more kids are stepping forward about how they feel and becoming diagnosed- and, with the progression of technology, we as a whole of humankind, are becoming better at detecting and accurately diagnosing mental illnesses. So that could all play into the impression that more teens are depressed and anxious.
It may also have to do with social media
More teens are getting online and talking about their experiences and people who are training to be psychologists are diagnosing them.
After hearing them out and such. And building off of the information at our fingertips thing, we are learning about mental illnesses because we see our friends having these and talking about them. We want to learn more to help them, then realizing “hey, that sounds like me” and self-diagnosing, which continues the cycle. Granted, self-diagnosis is not always accurate, but it was my suspicions about my anxiety that lead me to want to see a professional, who then recognized it and actually diagnosed me officially. (Speaking of, she recently realized I also have mild depression that is probably genetic, since dad has it too.)
We’re finding comfort in our online friends and/or our face-to-face friends and gaining the strength and courage to come out to our parents about our mental illnesses and such.
The parents then want to help and get help for their children, or completely dismiss it. Which is another possible source: our parents. We get parents who raise us the way they are raised or try to hard to not raise us the way they were and go a little overboard, and both can cause issues. You may have parents who are unintentionally causing these issues, or you may have ones who aren’t the cause but don’t recognize the issues as they start or think their kids are blaming them when they try to talk about getting help and then don’t help their kids and stuff.
It’s also genetic, in some cases, so you could have parents which depression/anxiety/other mental illnesses in their family history that are combining in their children and resulting in the child being so messed up it has to be recognized; or kids who are able to learn about mental illness and getting help and such. And thus we come to circle back.