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Mental Illness in Teens

Mental Illness in Teens

Megan Hutchins No Comment

Mental Illness: A wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior.

Although the cause of most mental illnesses are not known, it has become clear that many of these conditions are caused by environmental circumstances but also by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological factors. Mental illnesses however are not a character fault and is not a shortcoming in their personality. 

One very common Mental Illness is Depression.  Depression is a major and very common mental illness in the USA. In 2013, an estimated 2.6 million adolescents had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. I believe that school is partially to blame for this. It’s not that I think learning is bad; I actually love to learn. I just think that schools are going about it all the wrong way.

School now is all about passing, not about learning. Cramming to remember everything so you can pass the one of the three grades that count towards your report card is stressful. Along with doing all your homework so your H.O.W( Habits of Work scores participation at our school) scores don’t go down is too much, physically and mentally. After doing this week after week you get exhausted and you can only handle so much. This causes sometimes a downfall into Depression, making school a place you definitely don’t want to be. Anxiety is another mental illness that people in the US struggle with.

Anxiety is even worse for teens. For example, I know at least 15 people who have anxiety almost everyday because of what the education system has become. Whether it is that we only get about three grades a quarter that average together or that we have too much homework. There is a picture that I’ve seen before and along lines of this it says “they expect me to wake up at six, go to school for eight hours, then practice for three, do homework, study, and get eight hours of sleep and then everything else I have to do at home.” If you say that homework and studying takes about three hours that is 2o hours and if you add the eight hours of sleep that is 28 hours. More than you can get done in one day. Being expected to do all of the cause anxiety

Mindyourmind.ca has created a list of 10 factors that lead to teen depression. First on the list is academic stress. Academic stress is a mental distress associated with the anticipation of academic failure. or even unawareness to the possibility of such failure. Teens endure an enormous amount of pressure in school. Now with the cost of college rising and stressing over classes, grades and tests can cause you to become depressed,

The second factor on their list is Social Anxiety or Peer Pressure. Social Anxiety is a chronic mental health condition in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety. During teenage years you are expected to have an array of friends that all adore you. Popularity is important to most teens, and a lack of it can be very upsetting. The appearance of peer pressure to try illicit drugs, drinking or other experimental behavior can also be traumatic for teens that aren’t eager to give in, but are afraid of damaging their reputation through refusal.

The next supporting factor is the ninth on their list is Low Self-Esteem. Low Self-Esteem causes a person to feel unworthy, incapable, and incompetent. In fact, because the person with low self-esteem feels so poorly about him or herself, these feelings may actually cause the person’s continued low self-esteem.  Being a teenager isn’t easy on the self-esteem. From having to be around people you think are judging you at school to not being treated right at school and nothing happens about about.

What I think is crazy is all of the factors to depression all happen at school. Obviously something is happening at school and we need to stop it.

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Hey it's Megan. I am a SMJI for Youth MOVE Maine. I am a short, sassy person who can sometimes get too loud. I am obsessed with YouTube, Dunkin Donuts Iced Tea, and Troye Sivan. But, I'm really just trying to leave this Blue Neighbourhood.

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