Depression Is Escalating…


Ashton Phelps, Writer

Depression and Anxiety, two words that carry a huge stigma. It seems like everyone and their mother has some form of anxiety or depression.


Depression and Anxiety must be close to being a mental health crisis, and a serious one if that.


But is it really?


“I have a list of possible problems in my head. If all the real problems are solved, I turn another one into a problem so that I can worry about it. These are constant facts of life. It is not increasing. It has always been like this.”


Statistically, depression and anxiety are increasing in the US and it appears to be a problem of self-infliction.  From 2005 to 2015, depression rates among teens rose from 8.7% to 12.7%.


Psychologists originally believed that areas of poverty would be the breeding grounds for these mental illnesses, but exactly the opposite is true. These poverty symptoms of depression and anxiety are considered “natural stresses.” Obviously, if you’re poor or in a state of danger these side effects are bound to occur, depression and anxiety are more of an unnatural form of these symptoms; people who have no reason to experience these symptoms.


Many studies have shown depression is living within the middle to upper class for multiple reasons, these reasons are anywhere from overworking, self-created problems, and social media.  


In today’s world, it is normalized to work overtime, my parents have worked overtime since the day I was born. Don’t get me wrong, if you love what you do there’s nothing wrong with wanting to work overtime, but many don’t.


Thousands of Americans are miserable at their jobs and are forced to work overtime just to keep a roof over their head and support their family. The middle class should just be called “barely getting by class,” because they’re just one bump in the road away from falling over that financial cliff.


Many of the wealthy classes, specifically the children of those wealthy people suffer from depression because they simply don’t have enough “stability” problems to worry about, the brain has a way of entertaining itself when it’s bored. These children make these problems in their head of their own insecurities and it turns into this dark cloud of depression and anxiety.


“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf,” you can’t stop many of these symptoms, but safely managing them is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. There are dozens of ways to manage your mental health, but sometimes it’s important to just stop, put everything down, and appreciate what you DO have rather than what you don’t. Tell your friends and family you love them, be polite, loving, caring, and most importantly, be happy.

If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, depression or anxiety, please contact 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit Project Safe CR