Mental health issues continue to hit teenagers every year.
“Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 50 to 70 years,” according to psychologytoday.com.
Today, one in five teens and young adults live with a mental health condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
“Teenage depression isn’t just bad moods and the occasional melancholy,” says helpguide.org. “It’s a serious problem... that can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, self-loathing and self-mutilation, pregnancy, violence....”
Mental health experts say parents should supportively talk to their children, and seek professional help if these warning signs do occur: feelings of hopelessness and hostility; frequent crying; withdrawal from friends and family; and lack of motivation.
Another factor to deal with is social media. While many teens view social media as a creative and fun outlet, others nd that it only adds pressure to an already-stressful period in adolescence of having to always measure up.