Suicide is the third leading cause of death in people aged 10-24. As the percentages rise, can we look to the school system to be a cause and effect? In Disturbed Girl's Dictionary, Macy is excluded and seen as an outcast. Many people who suffer from depression feel as if they are differnet from everyone.
Anxiety in childhood is linked to depression as an adult. Today's school system leaves many children with feelings of unworthiness and a sense of guilt. An estimated 3.1 million adolescents aged 12-17 had at least one major episode of depression. Only 19% receive help. School seems to have an effect.
"Depression: Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home."
Depression is at an extreme high in our generation today.
"Today’s teens face perennial adolescent issues, as well as issues that were unknown to past generations. Among the biggest contemporary problems for teens are technology in general, and social media in particular."