Many teens and even young adults have mental health issues in their lives such as depression, mental illness, and suicide. Roughly over the past 30 years there has been an increase in these particular 3 mental health issues. This increase has been seen mostly within teens and young adults. Depression is a mental disorder that makes feelings of severe despondency and dejection prominent.
It hasn’t been the past 30 years, but for at least 80 years teens and young adults have become more anxious and depressed. One big thing about this is these topics mean different things to people different decades. It is hard to prove what actually is the cause of the increase in depression.Mental illness is a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior. Ever since the 1990s there has been a huge change in the mental health care system. The article “Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Disorders, 1990 to 2003” did a survey on people in different decades to find out the percentage of patients who have gotten treated for their mental disorder. The article states “20.3 percent received treatment between 1990 and 1992 and 32.
9 percent received treatment between 2001 and 2003″. This in interpretation means that more than 70% of people between 1990 and 2003 were not treated for their mental illnesses.Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. In the 80s and 90s the rate for suicide was decreasing, but recently it has a turnaround where its heading in an increasing direction. According to the article “Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls” its states that “over 15 years from 0.5 to 1.
7 per 100,000 people.” This has is the increase since the early 2000s. Another huge thing is the age group which is promptly between the ages of 15 and 30.
There are a smaller number of people under the age of 70. There are definitely risk factors of suicide especially for people with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorder, alcoholism, and substance misuse. In today’s society there is many shows that have been geared towards teens and young adults. These shows have topics such as depression, mental illness, and suicide tied into the shows. Shows such as Riverdale on the CW and 13 Reasons Why on Netflixs.
Riverdale focuses more heavily on the mental illness especially with the character Betty Cooper. Betty Cooper is viewed as “the golden girl” of Riverdale she has a lot of pressure with everyone expecting her to be perfect from her friends to academics. Her mother puts a lot of pressure on her and especially since her sister was put into a mental institution. She has faced several different questionable mental states and this is something Riverdale expresses through her character.
13 Reasons Why shows the sides of suicide and depression. It shows the struggles of Hannah Baker and how she mentally battled with herself and how she dealt with depression and how she thought about suicide.Reality shows are something in today’s society that teens and young adult watch and see a lifestyle that is not necessarily true. These shows are particularly geared towards 11-17 years old.
It does not help that these show falsely advertise as being unscripted when someone can clearly tell that show has a written script. Reality shows commonly falsely depict the expectations for our lives. For example with Keeping up with the Kardashians they live in all these fancy house and people should understand that you do not have to live up to these standards. The Kardashians make millions off the show and their lifestyle is most commonly different then their viewers lifestyle. It is just like the internet you can always believe what you hear or see on TV it may apply to you differently then it does on TV.