THE CONTINUAL EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY MAKES IT EASY FOR TEENAGERS to access new information and communicate with friends and family. Even though having the world at their fingertips offers knowledge and connects teens to people with similar interests, teenagers who spend an excessive amount of time surfing the web and perusing social media sites put themselves at risk for depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and privacy invasions. Sensitive information meant for a select audience can rapidly spread to the masses, and it’s nearly impossible to remove it from cyberspace.Unfortunately, there is only so much even the most proactive parent can do. Private accounts prevent parents from knowing with whom their kids are hanging around and what they’re discussing. The popularity of one social network quickly shifts to another, leaving not-so-tech-savvy parents stumped. Another problem is that teens don’t have to abide by house rules if they’re using social … [Read more...] about How technology use affects teens’ mental health — and how schools are trying to help
How normal are suicidal thoughts
Tai Jordan and his service dog, Beau, on campus at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Rare surgery that led to removal of his ovaries left Jordan facing difficult questions, when he was still a child, about who he wanted to be. Matt Lutton/Boreal Collective for Newsweek Tech & Science Transgender LGBT Updated | When Tai Jordan was a child, he would visit the local swimming pool and puzzle over why there were boys who splashed about without their shirts on, while he wore a bathing suit that covered most of his body. And when he thought about conventional weddings, he didn’t understand what it meant to be a conventional bride or groom.“I’ve never really identified with the body I was born in,” says Jordan, an 18-year-old student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. “The way I decided to carry myself, the way I acted, was always more masculine.”Jordan initially identified as a gay young woman in 2013, but even … [Read more...] about How Doctors are Working to Make Puberty Less Distressing for Trans Kids
WHEN Ryan* was 12, he was diagnosed with depression. He was exhibiting all the symptoms - from feeling sad and hopeless to no longer enjoying his favourite video games. He even expressed suicidal thoughts to his parents. “I didn’t know what to do,” says his mum, who was going through a divorce at the time. “So I took him to the GP. They told me he was depressed, and recommended both therapy and anti-depressants.” She hated the thought of her young son being on medication, but when she found out that it would take at least a year before he could get therapy, she agreed to him being given a low dose of an anti-depressant. With that, Ryan became one of the thousands of young people who are prescribed anti-depressants in the UK. According to data released by NHS England, 64,765 under-18s were prescribed anti-depressants by their doctors from 2015 to 2016 - including 3,876 children aged between seven to 12. There are even 315 children aged six or … [Read more...] about Doctors say more Brits should be on anti-depressants but are they safe for kids?
Story highlights 1,841 more suicides than expected were reported in the four months after the actor's death The highest number of unexpected suicides was observed among men, research finds (CNN)A 10% increase in suicides -- nearly 2,000 additional deaths -- was recorded in the United States in the four months after actor and comedian Robin Williams took his own life in 2014, according to research published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. The "celebrity-suicide effect" -- in which copycat suicides follow that of someone famous -- has been documented in previous research. "This is the first study to examine the consequences of a celebrity suicide in the digital era," said David S. Fink, lead author of the new study and a post-doctoral researcher in epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Williams, 63, was found dead in his Tiburon, California, home August 11, 2014, of what investigators suspected was a suicide by hanging. If you … [Read more...] about Suicides in US rose 10% after Robin Williams’ death, study finds
Suicide among young people is once again at the forefront of our national consciousness with the news two weeks ago that the Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Halfway across the country, in Perry Township, Ohio, a 15-year-old became the sixth teen in the school district there to kill themselves in the last six months, three occurring just in January. And the swimming legend Michael Phelps said recently that his ongoing bouts of depression, which began when he was a teenage phenomenon, led him to “contemplate suicide … I didn't want to be in the sport anymore ... I didn't want to be alive anymore."Suicide is a growing public health crisis. The Centers for Disease Control reported recently that suicide rates for teenage girls in the United States have hit a 40-year high. The suicide rates doubled among girls and rose by more than 30% among teen boys and young men between 2007 and 2015, according … [Read more...] about Preventing suicide: Teen deaths are on the rise, but we know how to fight back