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TEEN HEALTH TOPICS – Teen Anxiety, Depression, and Mental Illness Causes and Information

Many teens have anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. These may be cause by school, social media, and/or family life. These disorders can happen to anyone, but are most common in teenage girls.

Anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or uneasiness about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. According to www.nimh.nih.gov, 38 percent of teen females had an anxiety disorder between 2001 and 2004. Also within those years, 26.1 percent of adolescent males had one or more anxiety disorders. While reading an article on childmind.org, studies found that in 2017 nearly one in every three adolescents, 31.9 percent, had and met the criteria/symptoms for an anxiety disorder by the age of 18. “High school students today have more anxiety symptoms… [than] teens [did] in the 1980s,” childmind.org stated. Some types of anxiety may include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, etc. To learn more visit: adaa.org.

Depression: feelings of lost hope and low spirits. Teenagers can become depressed due to school performance, like a bad grade on an assignment, social status, a fight with a friend, and/or family life, which could mean a parent or sibling argument. Some symptoms of depression can be:

  • Feeling anxious or hopeless
  • Getting frustrated, irritable, or angry easily
  • Having little to no energy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Suicidal thoughts

All could be life threatening. According to www.nimh.nih.gov, in 2016, 19.6 percent of female adolescents developed such symptoms as well as, 6.4 percent in male teens.

These mental illnesses are something to be aware of. So next time you’re feeling down, talk to someone. Maybe they can help. For more information visit: nimh.nih.gov, adaa.org, or webmd.com.

By: Lilly Wittek

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