- Depression, as it’s scientifically defined, is a feeling of severe despondency and dejection. In other words, absence or low serotonin in the brain causes an extreme amount of sadness or numbness constantly
- 61% of teens say they feel pressured to get good grades
- 31% have an anxiety disorder
- Parents are concerned for their kid’s mental health but do not know how to help
- According to a 2019 study conducted by the American Psychological Association, the rate of major depressive episodes in adolescents has raised 52% from 2005 to 2017
How to know when someone needs help
- Depression and anxiety have become a prominent part of all teenager’s lives, no matter if they are suffering from it or a friend.
- This is because it affects a community of people and should not be something a person has to endure alone
- youth experience high levels of chronic stress, to the extent it impedes their abilities to succeed academically, compromises their mental health functioning, and fosters risk behavior.
- Furthermore, this chronic stress appears to persist into the college years, and researchers warn it may contribute to academic disengagement and mental health problems among emerging adults.”
- According to Leonard academic, athletic, social, and personal challenges have been regarded as domains of “good stress” for high school-aged youth
- However, there is growing awareness that many subgroups of youth experience high levels of chronic stress, to the extent that it impedes their abilities to succeed academically, compromises their mental health functioning, and fosters risk behavior. Furthermore, this chronic stress appears to persist into the college years, and Leonard warns it may contribute to academic disengagement and mental health problems among emerging adults.
What are some causes of depression and anxiety?
- Although most people will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life, the majority of depression starts in the teenage years and can be lifelong. Gen z is 27% more likely than other generations including millennials and Gen Xers to report their mental health as fair or poor. Causes of depression can be unique or different for anyone suffering but some studies have linked it to changes in the brain, trauma, hormones, genetics, drug usage, abuse… Gen Z struggles with this issue due to an increase in the use of social media platforms, societal issues, living through major historical events, and especially chronic stress
Teaching students early on how to manage stress would go a long way. After conducting interviews with numerous Cranbrook students, we realized many students correlate Stress and time management to depression and mental health-related issues. Conducting workshops and dedicating time to teaching students how to manage their time, and teaching stress reduction habits would benefit the student body. Underclassmen, primarily freshmen are coming from various backgrounds. Some make the transition to Cranbrook from public schools, other private schools, and even different countries. Implementing this help for students would reduce stress and promote the well-being of students.