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Teenagers Are Not Happy, Just Ask Billie Eilish

By February 19, 2020November 24th, 2020No Comments


There has been a spike in depression and anxiety among teens, with girls being hit particularly hard.

Seven in ten U.S. teens said anxiety and depression are major problems among people their age in their communities, according to a Pew Research Center survey of teenagers. Let’s collectively let that sink in for a second. Most of the teenagers where we live are sad, depressed, overwhelmed.
The thing is, we know this, or at least we sense it. But for some reason it’s not sinking in, not the stats or the stories like the one Eilish shared on The Gayle King Grammy Special. Eilish confided she didn’t think she’d make it past 17. “I was so unhappy last year. I was so unhappy, and I was so, like, joyless,” she said. Another example of the despair among teens and even tweens.
The problem isn’t out there. It’s right here, right now. And, girls are overwhelmingly more at risk. One in five teenage girls had experienced at least one major depressive episode over the past year (based on research done in 2017).  For boys, the number was 7 percent.
And, it’s not just depression, anxiety is another issue. Almost thirty percent of teens said they felt tense or nervous about their day—every or almost every day. A third of kids are in a near constant state of worry.
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Article by:Rebecca Dolgin

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