Not validating feelings
More than 2 million report experiencing depression that impairs their daily function.
About 30% of girls and 20% of boys–totaling 6.3 million teens–have had an anxiety disorder, according to data from the National Institute of Mental Health.
“I started bawling, and I didn’t even know this girl,” says Phoebe.Every fight or slight is documented online for hours or days after the incident. “We’re the first generation that cannot escape our problems at all,” says Faith-Ann. We’re getting this constant pressure, from our phones, from our relationships, from the way things are today.” Steve Schneider, a counselor at Sheboygan South High School in southeastern Wisconsin, says the situation is like a scab that’s constantly being picked.“At no point do you get to remove yourself from it and get perspective,” he says.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.