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By Patti Neighmond

February 13, 2017

 

It's tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and

academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their

environment in the teen years - down the block and online. The whole mix of

changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all

teens, research has long shown.

 

But a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests many more

teenage girls in the U.S. may be experiencing major depressive episodes at

this age than boys. And the numbers of teens affected took a particularly

big jump after 2011, the scientists note, suggesting that the increasing

dependence on social media by this age group may be exacerbating the

problem.