Teen girls more impacted by depression; social media a cause?

New research from theJohns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, published in Pediatrics and reported in NPR Health News, suggests that more girls than boys are experiencing depression, especially since 2011, and the easy access to social media is being suggested as a cause.  Social media “can exacerbate that harsh focus on looks and other judgments from peers”, the author suggests, and open the teens to more cyberbullying.  Awareness of signs of depression are important for adults, as well as quick access to brief counselling and mindfulness training are recommended.

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