Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Depression not the same as teenage angst

RECENTLY I read an article on the stresses of being a teenage girl and coping with distress in mental health.

Are we making too big a deal of 'depression' among teens? Many people suffer due to financial problems, or family issues, but what about teenage girls?

They stress about exams, self-confidence and schoolyard drama. Is this a form of mental illness? Or just a rite of passage?

Without a doubt, there are many cases of teenage depression, but are we right in branding one in three as mentally ill?

Telling girls they are depressed, because they worry about looks and weight, isn't good for their mental state. How can they differentiate between being upset and being mentally ill?

Learning to accept who you are is more important than being diagnosed with depression.

EMILY O'GRADY (16)

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