Some studies show that one-third of teenage girls today will suffer from depression. Scientists are still not 100% sure why this may be, but reasons can vary from hormones to the way girls are socialized in society. Teenagers, in general, are more susceptible to depression than most people. This is because teenagers’ brains are still developing and some parts of their brain can overpower others. This can affect their reasoning, especially when something wrong happens. It can make a lot of situations actually seem like it is the end of the world for them and like there is no way they can overcome the circumstances (this also is a big contributor to teen suicide). So if being a teenager puts one at higher odds for depression, why is it even higher if one is female?
A lot of the time, girls are socialized to feel more pressure than boys to be perfect in unrealistic ways because of the way our society portrays what a “perfect woman” should be like. These standards placed by society are usually unattainable. Luckily, many campaigns show us there is no “perfect girl,” and we all are beautiful just by being healthy and happy individuals. Despite this, many girls still feel the pressure of meeting the impossible goal of perfection.
Hormones and the simple biology can prove to be reasons why girls can fall into depression easily. Not only are their brains not fully developed, but young girls can be much more sensitive to stress than others. So not only does everything feel like the end of the world, but it is likely that girls will be triggered more easily than boys, putting them at higher risk.
Our society has recently put a significant emphasis on mental health because of the overwhelming numbers associated with teenage suicide. For many years, teenagers and especially girls have been perceived as “overemotional” or “dramatic.” Luckily, we have science to prove that teenagers and depression are very real, and we have since taken measures to help all people with depression and prevent those who suffer from feeling like they have no other option.
The absolute best thing that one can do when feeling depressed is talk about it. You may hear this a lot, but don’t forget that we live in a time where we can talk about our mental struggles, and no one will think you are crazy. We are privileged to have so many resources that can help us when we are suffering. Just remember that you are loved, and there is always someone who is willing to help you get through any struggles you may be facing.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline –
Call 1-800-273-8255 Available 24 hours every day