Family financial stress can exacerbate these issues, and studies show that girls are more at risk than boys.
Experts suspect that these statistics are on the low end of what’s really happening, since many people do not seek help for anxiety and depression.
A 2015 report from the Child Mind Institute found that only about 20% of young people with a diagnosable anxiety disorder get treatment.
Anxiety and depression in high school kids have been on the rise since 2012 after several years of stability.
It’s a phenomenon that cuts across all demographics–suburban, urban and rural; those who are college bound and those who aren’t.
“I felt really extremely connected to that situation even though it was in L.
A.” That hyperconnectedness now extends everywhere, engulfing even rural teens in a national thicket of Internet drama.
The first time Faith-Ann Bishop cut herself, she was in eighth grade. “It makes the world very quiet for a few seconds,” says Faith-Ann.
It was 2 in the morning, and as her parents slept, she sat on the edge of the tub at her home outside Bangor, Maine, with a metal clip from a pen in her hand. “For a while I didn’t want to stop, because it was my only coping mechanism.
She just couldn’t bear seeing the worry on their faces. Self-harm, which some experts say is on the rise, is perhaps the most disturbing symptom of a broader psychological problem: a spectrum of angst that plagues 21st century teens.
For Faith-Ann, cutting was a secret, compulsive manifestation of the depression and anxiety that she and millions of teenagers in the U. Adolescents today have a reputation for being more fragile, less resilient and more overwhelmed than their parents were when they were growing up.
Phoebe Gariepy, a 17-year-old in Arundel, Maine, describes following on Instagram a girl in Los Angeles whom she’d never met because she liked the photos she posted. Phoebe later heard she’d been kidnapped and was found on the side of a road, dead.