Depression among teens in the US is on the rise, according to researchers. Data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health collected by the Pew Research Center revealed close to 3.2 million teens are suffering from the mental health issue in the country.
Harvard Medical School reveals "a severe and persistent low mood, profound sadness, or a sense of despair," is one of the most common symptoms of the condition.
Researchers have found more teen girls experienced depression at a faster rate compared to teen boys. Even though these numbers are alarmingly high, Pew discovered that girls are more likely to receive treatment for depression.
Why are teens today more prone to depression? Experts say everyday pressures many teens face may be the reason why. A study conducted by Pew in 2016 discovered the following:
*61 per cent of teens felt enormous pressure to do well in school
* 29 per cent felt pressure to look their best
* 28 per cent felt a desperate need to fit in
Teen years can provide a lot of information and insight into how people are going to handle pressures as young adults. Those who feel more cared for, supported, and engaged have a reduce risk of experiencing mental health issues, found a study published in the journal Pediatrics.
Previous research has also found teen girls may be more affected by social media in a negative way than boys. Excessive use of Snapchat or Instagram can have repercussions, according to researchers at the University College London. In those teens that use social media the most, the team found a 50 per cent increase in depressive symptoms among girls and 35 per cent increase among boys.
"There's an alarming difference. We were quite surprised when we saw the figures and we saw those raw percentages: the fact that the magnitude of association was so much larger for girls than for boys," study authorYvonne Kelly told a news portal.The findings of this study were originally published in the journal EClinicalMedicine.