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This short article provides straightforward statistics on teen stress as it relates to school. It also includes an embedded link to a longer scientific paper dealing with stress and a section on the connections between stress and sleep. This is important due to the fact that most teenagers are not getting enough sleep in the first place.

This article is about how schools deal with stressed teens, though it devotes a decent chunk to statistics. For example, it contains a graph from the Journal of Abnormal Psychology revealing the rising problem of student depression. The article covers the theory that this spike connects to social media use, including the thoughts of Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University. This article also has a link to a contending article about an Oxford study finding the opposite, stating that digital technology only accounts for "0.4 percent of [one's] overall negative well-being." The article then discusses several methods employed by various schools to support the student body's mental health.

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Approximately 2/3 of teens with major depression also battle another mood disorder like dysthymia, anxiety, antisocial behavior, or substance abuse.

 

This short article has a lot of statistics. They range from more general numbers on teen depression to some terrifyingly specific ones on teen suicide. Research professor, Jean Twenge, from San Diego State University talks about how “five times as many high school and college students are dealing with anxiety and other mental health issues as youth of the same age did that were surveyed back during the era of the Great Depression.” The article also contains a list of warning signs that indicate depression, as well as a few hotlines.

Though many people assume that all teenagers these days are in some sort of therapy or another, however, that is a dangerous over exaggeration. In fact the numbers are under 20%, and with things such as social media often thrown under the bus as the obvious cause of mental disorders such as anxiety or depression, the assumption is that these are the sorts of things that can be solved easily by the adolescent in question. This is a very dangerous mindset to propagate. The mixture of outside stresses, often mainly school, and the fact that teens brains are not yet set, means that the myth that most mental illnesses are “your own fault” and “that if you really try, you just will stop being depressed and/or anxiety” leads the horrible feedback cycles where teens feel responsible and guilty for their own brain chemistry.

 

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