Understanding Mental Health

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Understanding Mental Health

Lauren Miller, newspaper staff

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A major problem in this day and age is being aware about your mental health. Studies have shown that most kids and teens are worried about their physical appearance and pay little to no attention to their actual mental health, which in future terms can actually harm you more than you think.

“Most kids are worrying about their physical appearance and honestly that kind of puts more stress on your mental health in my opinion,” said Sophie Valentine.

In today’s society teens are actually getting more depressed than ever before, the number of people that commit suicide has been increasing dramatically every year with really no explanation on why. On the other hand, 20 percent of all teens experience depression before reaching adulthood and only 30 percent are being treated for it. The depression levels in today’s teens are equivalent to the patients inside of mental hospitals or insane asylums in the 1950s and 1960s. Some experts say the increase in this could be from pressures in a kid’s daily life such as school, worries on financial issues, alcohol, and drugs.

“I think there has been a definite increase in kids being depressed and suicidal, especially in today’s world,” Sophie Valentine said.

Some people question if they’re actually depressed. There are several ways to tell if you are going through a rough time. Having a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest in usual daily tasks can be an early sign of it. That can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms such as appetite loss, insomnia, lower energy levels, lack of concentration, insecurity issues and change in daily behavior.

“More kids need to look out for each other and checkup,” Sophie Valentine said.

Mental and physical health are both important in daily life. There are plenty of ways to maintain a healthy mind set such as therapy and having a healthy environment. Knowing how to pin point depression is the first step to overcoming it.

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