Why Have Depression Rates Skyrocketed In The Past Few Years?

Depression in teens has increased. (Kwest – stock.adobe.com)

Depression is a common and serious medical, mental illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act.

People aged 12-25 have the highest rates of depression.

According to https://visionsteen.com , about 13 percent of adolescents experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017, with teen girls being as much as three times more likely to report a depressive episode than boys.

An estimated 3.2 percent of kids between the ages of three and 17 have diagnosed depression, which is about 1.9 million people.

Depression has been a common disease, but it’s becoming more normalized now than ever.

Many teens come together on social media to discuss what’s causing them to feel hopeless and sad.

“Social media, beauty standards, constant comparison between yourself and others, and your home environment are all factors that can contribute to a teenager’s depression,” said Christopher Murray, junior.

In fact, two main factors contributing to the rise in the number of people with depression are social media and the home environment.

Some people believe that teens are unprepared for life’s challenges. Experts believe that parents have raised teens with unrealistic expectations.

They also don’t believe that some teenagers were not taught how to properly cope with their feelings or how to handle chaotic situations.

Teens are reportedly more stressed today than they were a few years back.

Depression can stem from stress, and Covid caused an immense amount of stress on people throughout the nation.

“The pandemic had such a horrible impact on the youth. Medically, it can cause damage to the immune system and mental capacity but socially it caused teens to be shut out from the world and at home during their most crucial and important stage of maturity in their life,” said Wesley Childress.

Covid, social media, and environmental factors stunted a lot of mental growth in teens and increased the depression rate tremendously.

You overcome these thoughts and feelings by creating a strong support system, becoming more active, and going to therapy.