Friday 17 August 2018

Mary Kenny: The teenage nightmare

Why has depression among teen girls doubled over the past decade?

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

A British academic survey, the Millennium Cohort Study, has found that 24pc of adolescent girls at the age of 14 were depressed (compared with 9pc of boys). One of the authors, Praveetha Patalay of the University of Liverpool, said that: "Compared to previous generations, there seem to be increasing problems, particularly in girls." Twenty thoughts on this situation…

• More openness about mental illness and less stigma surrounding the problems may be partly why youngsters admit to depression. More openness is good.

• Mental illness was often hidden. When I was a youngster I was punished for repeating what I'd heard whispered: "Mrs So-and-So has had a nervous breakdown." I was told sternly: "You must never, ever say that about someone."

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