Depression and Anxiety in Teens

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Data gathered from responses to a popular personality test called the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, or MMPI for short, and analyzed by researchers from five different universities shows that there is as many as five times the number of teenagers suffering from anxiety and depression as there were in the early twentieth century. The exact cause of the sharp incline in identified mental disorders amongst our youth is still yet unknown. In order to curtail the escalating numbers we must identify the underlying issues that result in these troubling mindsets. Today, it is less of a social stigma to announce and therefore to seek treatment for a mental disorder. The advances in the past century that stemmed from in-depth…show more content…
Another point to keep in mind would be the nurture side of nature vs. nurture. A lot of parents today are over the age of 40 and have lived through at least one war in their lifetime. War is a sickness ridden with pain and loss both mental and physical, often devastating families when a loved one is taken away. Thousands upon thousands have lost their lives to natural disasters in the past ten years, but these numbers can never “hold a candle to” the number of lives lost from war in this last century alone. Terrorism is not a new threat, but still an ever-present one. Even this week we are encroaching on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Divorce rates have doubled in the past thirty years which also may be a cause for trauma. The average American household moves once every five years, which can be a very stressful process. A lot of American families are also in debt, raising money issues and questions about security in the future. College isn’t guaranteed, and a teenager may feel as if he or she is a burden on the family if they let their parents finance their college education. This raises a question of personal responsibility. During your teenage years you typically have your first job, your first car, and your first apartment or living situation away from the home. As the
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