WCTA Teens Suffer From Depression, Numbers Show

One of the nation’s largest threats in this day and age is the rapid and almost imperceptible disease known as depression. A mental illness spreading far and wide, depression, is heavily hitting a very familiar place, one we thought was safe; school.

The US Department of Health and Human Services listed that approximately 36% of Nevada high schoolers interviewed in 2017 had reported feeling sad or hopeless for about two weeks in a row; a definitive symptom of depression, often extending to academics.

But what of students at West Tech? “If you want a percentage, I’d say probably about 60% of the time, students will say that (they have depression),” said Lisa Lanza, West Tech biomedical and biotechnical councilor. “Here, I would say the depression stems more from academics and parental pressure.” The fact that more than half of the student body that has visited Mrs. Lanza reports symptoms of depression shows that there is a problem; perhaps not just at West, but perhaps in the entire world.

Aaron Dunning, teacher of world and US history at West Tech, suggests that perhaps more contact with the outside world may be a solution. “I really think that students need some more outside time,” he says. “We do way too much pushing people to be adults way too fast.” He continues to say that what students need is time to “be free and run around the neighborhood.”

Even West Tech’s student body has opinions about the topic. Junior Juan Gonzalez shares his thoughts; “The reason why it’s being so publicized is because it’s become such a serious problem. They’re (students with depression) not sharing it with their parents. There are many solutions, you know, that can help, but they’re not all guaranteed to work.” Solutions for teens include simply going to the school counselors, and perhaps a psychiatrist if all else fails. Though it’s not a pretty picture to paint, the teens of West Tech still have hope.

Photo Credit: Kyllian Thorne

Photo Caption: Friends still look out for each other, just like Kristof Tacata-Fe comforts Joshua Maristela.

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