There's an alarming hike of depression among teens and young adults. Experts conducted studies where the number of depression in teens is 11.3 percent in 2014, which is noticeably higher compared to 8.7 percent in 2005.
Experts site cellphone use as a big contributor of this issue. Adolescents, especially girls, claimed they are willing to seek for professional help due to symptoms of mental distress. People aged 12-25 are the most affected bracket of depression, according to surveys.
In an interview with CBC News Network, Dr. Sandra Mendlowitz, a psychologist in the child and youth psychiatry outpatient program at Toronto's SickKids Hospital, discussed how social media affects the mental health of people, especially teens and young adults.
Dr. Mendlowitz said, "You can have a number of likes and dislikes that many teenagers see as destroying their sense of self."
Additionally, Dr. Ramin Mojtabai of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and his co-authors mentioned in an issue of the journal Pediatrics
how cellphone use is linked to depression, "For example, cyberbullying may have increased more dramatically among girls than boys."
"As compared with adolescent boys, adolescent girls also now use mobile phones with texting applications more frequently and intensively and problematic mobile phone use among young people has been linked to depressed mood," they added.
There are more evidences of growing rate of depression in adolescents in America. In fact, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
(CAMH) had recently published a survey involving 10,000 Ontario students during the 2014-15 school year. Reports said students were having mental distress in forms of anxiety and depression. Compared to 24 percent affected students in 2013, the number increase to 34 percent in 2015.
Which means, maybe drama queens aren't just making up all the dramas. We're all tired of their seemingly too exaggerated stories, but maybe, it's about time to take them seriously.