Poor Mental Health Among Teenage Girls

Cadrene Heslop

Young women are struggling with their mental health. A study by Minds Ahead discovered some shocking facts. Girls were more than twice as likely as boys to suffer mental health problems by the time they were 18.

Why do girls face worse mental health problems?

A variety of factors contribute to depression and poor emotional well-being of girls. One contributor is that many young women are empaths. And absorb the emotions of others while dealing with their personal feelings.

Sarah Harte, a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW), says:

While both male and female teenagers are significantly impacted by hormone changes through puberty, teenage girls often experience increased anxiety and depression as their hormones cycle.

Rebekah Roulier, a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), points out that boys suffer too. But at this age, they are often ill-equipped to express their emotions.

Adolescent girls exhibit mental health symptoms differently than adolescent males, and girls at this age typically have more skills around the expression of difficulties.
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These are the finding of surveys done in England for the new study:

  • 80% of girls hide their distress now, compared with 60% before the pandemic.
  • In 2020, one in six UK children aged 5 to 16 had a probable mental health disorder. This figure increased from one in nine in 2017.
  • 22% of girls reported emotional difficulties compared to 7% of boys. Social media and a lack of sleep were possible contributing factors.
  • “During the Covid period, more parents reached out for adolescent therapeutic help. And the majority have been for daughters rather than sons,” said Louise Chunn.
  • “I believe that many more boys suffer from eating disorders but do not access help,” said Harriet Frew.

American teenage girls face similar mental health struggles. Teen depression is rising in the United States but more so for young ladies.

What are your thoughts on this mental health epidemic?

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