It’s tough being a teen today

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You might not want to be seen reading about anxiety & depression
It’s not scary like cancer, or exotic like pneumonia, even a broken leg gets more respect. No, emotional issues are kept in the dark, not to be discussed in the light of day…until unfortunately, it’s too late.

You’ve probably already researched teen anxiety and depression. Maybe you were trying to help a friend, family, or even yourself. Anxiety and depression just doesn’t simply go away one morning. Acknowledging it is the first step in treating it.

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“It’s not as if I’m going to kill myself.” And you probably won’t. (Though, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among youth.) But left untreated, anxiety and depression can certainly screw you up big time in so many ways.

No one is suggesting you text the world—“I feel like my heart is going to jump out of my throat!” On the contrary, have a private conversation with your counselor, a teacher you like, someone you trust. Ask questions. Be honest about your feelings, for the truth will set you free.

Sometimes just talking about things is enough. Other treatment options include individual therapy, family and group therapy, antidepressant medication or a combination of the above. Anxiety and depression doesn’t have to be a big deal unless you let it become one.

Michael’s Giving Hand is reaching out to teens battling anxiety and depression because a kind and brilliant young man lost his battle. You are not alone.

A recent Time Magazine article stated that “being a teenager today is a draining full-time job that includes schoolwork, managing a social media identity and fretting about career, family finances, sexism, racism, shootings—you name it. Every fight or slight is documented on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for hours or days after the incident. It’s exhausting.”*

In 2015, 3 million teens, ages 12 to 17 had had at least one major depressive episode in the past year; over 6.3 million teens have had an anxiety disorder. **

Experts suspect that these statistics are on the low end, since many teens do not seek help for anxiety and depression. In fact, only about 20% of young people with diagnosable anxiety disorder get treatment.

*Time Magazine, 10/27/16, Anxiety, Depression and the Modern Adolescent, Suzanna Schrobsdorff
**National Institute of Mental Health

You Can Make A Difference

With your support, we will bring anxiety and depression out of the shadows.