Depression the depression rate amongst teens has outstandingly increased.

Depression is a common mood disorder that has been negatively affecting
teens worldwide, it interferes with their thought processes and poorly influences
their actions. By having a depressive episode, it can significantly affect
someone’s daily routine draining out someone’s energy and motivation. There are
many different factors that can cause depression amongst teens such as: family
disputes, death of a loved one, pressure from peers, academic pressure to
maintain good grades, abuse, developing self-identity, bullying, and more. Over
the past years, the depression rate amongst teens has outstandingly increased. The American Psychological Association has determined that teens may
deal with higher levels of stress than adults. With the impact of school
pressure, and the emotional pressure in young relationships amongst these
teens, it is causing depressive tendencies increasing their stress levels. Girls
are more likely to experience depression and have higher stress levels than
boys. One of the reasons for this is usually linked to hormonal differences.
Women experience more fluctuation in their hormone levels compared to men, from
a variety of things such as: puberty, prior to menstruation or issues with
their menstrual cycle, and pregnancy. The fluctuation in their hormone levels can
be closely related with depressive symptoms. Women have a higher likelihood of
developing depression due to their genetic differences than men, they may also
develop depressive symptoms from their parents at birth. Girls are exposed to
more risk factors compared to boys. Teen girls are affected by cyber bullying
and peer pressure more often than boys their age. Girls are very particular on
their looks and are often the ones who instigate bullying online by judging
other girls, increasing their risk of falling into a depressive episode. Social
media is a common outlet for teens to express themselves and how they feel. The
victimization of youth online has been increasing over the years as technology
rapidly evolves and social media becomes more popular. Adolescent girls use mobile
devices more often than boys their age, including social media. Mobile phone
use amongst teens can be connected to a depressive mood.Due to the increase in depression amongst teens, the drug use in the
past year has spiked a ton. Among youth experiencing a major depressive
episode, there has been an increase in the use of cocaine, marijuana, heroin,
ecstasy, sedatives, inhalants, pain relievers, stimulants and more. Teens are
now turning to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with their issues, negative
urgency can be one explanation that is linked to depression.Some warning signs that are usually visible amongst teens who are
experiencing a major depressive episode are: less active, weaker performance in
school, sadness, frequent crying, changes in their sleep or eating patterns,
substance abuse, social withdrawal, rebellious behaviour, etc. In Canada, there
are many support systems put in place to help those who have fallen into a
depressive episode varying from all ages. Some programs in Canada that can
treat people of all ages include: Mood Disorders Society of Canada, Kids Help
Phone and the crisis line, Co-Dependants Anonymous, Anxiety Online,
Psychosocial Rehabilitations, etc. Individual and group therapy, psychotherapy,
and hypnotic therapy are all great ways to interact with someone to help cope with
depressive symptoms.