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This Might Be Why Depression Is Rising Among Teen Girls

Cyberbullying, negative text experiences and interpersonal stressors such as fighting with friends and/or family may be some of the reasons why depression diagnoses are rising among teen girls, CNN Health reports. The information comes from a new study in the journal Pediatrics, which proposes “a prioritization of youth depression in the United States,” CNN Health said.

The increasing rate of mental health disorders in children seems to be skyrocketing, with huge numbers suffering from problems ranging from depression to attention deficient hyperactive disorder (ADHD) to anxiety, as well as autism spectrum disorders. So far, while most health professionals seem to be embracing drugs as the answer to these problems (as opposed to counseling), it seems like not many are trying to find real answers as to what’s causing all these disorders.

We do know that heavy metal exposures can wreak havoc with brain function, and possibly cause mental disorders. It is already an established fact that exposure to mercury can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor and behavioral dysfunctions — all similar to traits defining, or associated with autism.

We also know that 13 out of 14 antidepressants studied did not work to relieve the symptoms of depression in children and teens. So, what is the answer? I truly believe that rather than resorting to psychotropic agents on your child, that you seek help from a professional who can help talk through problems and stresses your child may have. Exercise, better sleep, a healthy diet and getting plenty of sunshine have also all been shown to help with mental function and depression.
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