How Does Social Media Cause Depression In Adolescents?

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Years ago, doctors thought teenagers could not have depression. They dismissed their behaviors because they thought they were just being “moody”. Teenage depression is more prevalent now than ever before. Whether it’s from more awareness of the condition or added stress to teenagers now. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2014, an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. They say 20 percent of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood and 10 to 15 percent of teenagers have some symptoms of depression at any one time. Those numbers are upsetting. The number of teenagers suffering with depression is too
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According to Pew Research Center, 3 out of 4 teenagers have access to the internet. If the teenager is being bullied in school or in person, they can also be bullied online. A researcher in pediatrics at the University of Alberta states that social media use is prevalent among teens, but the effects of cyberbullying is still unknown. There have been many teenage suicides linked to cyberbullying, but in person bullying during adolescence doubles the risks of depression in adulthood. In a new study, Hamm found 36 studies on the effects of cyberbullying on health in teens. One finding showed that "There were consistent associations between exposure to cyberbullying and increased likelihood of depression," Hamm told Live Science. The most common site for cyberbullying was Facebook. Almost half of the studies showed that a median of 23 percent of teens were reported being targeted and 15 percent were bullying others. Still, teens who are bully victims or who bully others are more at-risk for developing mental health …show more content…
If an adolescent has a parent or sibling with major depression, that child probably has a 2 or 3 times greater risk of developing depression compared with the average child. (Levinson, 2016)
Effects of Adolescent Depression According to New Medical Imaging, teenagers who suffer from depression are at significantly increased risk of: developing later depression, anxiety disorders, suicide attempt, criminal behavior, alcohol abuse, failing school, change in personal hygiene, destructive behavior, hallucinations, eating disorders, feeling tired all of the time, feeling worthless, unemployment, and early parenthood. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens. Every year, almost 5,000 teenagers kill themselves. Studies show that suicide attempts from teenagers is usually triggered by a specific event. Teenagers may think their current situation is permanent. All of these factors can add up and cause a teen to commit suicide.

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