Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright
“We’re the first generation that cannot escape our problems at all,” says Faith-Ann, a teen dealing with depression and anxiety. “We’re getting this constant pressure, from our phones, from our relationships, from the way things are today.” Dr. Megan Moreno, head of social media and adolescent health research at Seattle Children’s, notes a big difference between the mobile-social-tech revolution of the past 15 years; however, she cautions against demonizing technology entirely. “I often tell parents my simplest analogy is it’s like a hammer. You can build a house that’s never existed before and you can smash someone’s head in, and it’s the same tool.” Sometimes phones rob teens’ developing brains of essential downtime. But other times they’re a way to maintain healthy social connections and get support.
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