Being mentally ill is not a choice. Anyone can be afflicted with a mental disorder irrespective of age, gender or social circumstances. While genes, brain chemistry, economic hardships and culture do play an important role in affecting mental health, other factors, including stress about academic performance, peer pressure, financial and social insecurity, family dispute, and the need to live up to one’s identity affect teens and young adults to a great extent. Their health problems often go unnoticed and the stigma attached to mental disorders reduce their chances of opening up and getting support. Student athletes, who are constantly under […] Read more
Depressive disorder in kids and adolescents – Part 3: Prevalence of chronic depression among adolescent girls
Since almost every social and biological risk factor is at play during the adolescence phase, depression among growing teenagers is a common menace nowadays due to various reasons. In fact, it is gripping both boys and girls at the same rate, irrespective of gender. As the gap is dissolving with time, the overall scenario has started worsening with time.
There has been a tremendous rise in the prevalence of chronic depression among adolescents since the last few decades. As mentioned above, one of the worrisome trends has been the growing prevalence of depression among teenage and adolescent girls. A report by […] Read more
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” ― Aristotle
The relationship between mental health and poverty is somewhat complex. Mental health issues can affect anyone, irrespective of his or her age, gender or background. Although no person is immune to mental disorders, the risk is quite high among the poor, homeless, unemployed and people with low education.
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