School Papers

Webster’s illness. There has also been a significant

Webster’s
dictionary defines suicide as “the act or an instance of taking one’s own life
voluntarily and intentionally.” Suicide took the lives of approximately
40,000 Americans last year, making it the eleventh leading cause of
death for all Americans and the second leading cause of death for Americans
aged 15-20. Research has shown that the majority of suicide victims and death by
suicide had been diagnosed with some form of depressive
illness. There has also been a significant increase in the percentage of
young people who have reported having a major depressive episode (MDE) in the
more recent years. Since depression is mostly cited as a reason for suicide and
suicidal actions among teens, depression should be examined as a counterpart of
suicide. This research question can then possibly be rephrased to “What are the causes of depression among
teenagers in the United States”.  

       However, in more recent years depression
among teens have risen substantially between 2010 and 2015 after they had
declined for nearly two decades. Several reasons have then been cited for the spark
in these rates; stress being the more prominent, as well as substance abuse but
also racial identification etc. Yet, it can also be said that
within this past decade suicide in form of depression has been mainly caused by
the influence of the internet and social media
on teen behavior as well as the psychological factors that accompany it.
This is evident in the fact that social
media as a relatively new phenomenon has swept the world during the past decade,
this as occurred at the same time as the increased suicide rates among
US teens occurred. Thus, conventional wisdom then upholds that there is a cause
and effect relationship between the state of technology within this present
time and the increased amount of suicide or suicidal actions among teenagers in
the United States.