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Are social changes damaging children’s mental health?

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NHS figures show that almost a quarter of 17 to 19 year old girls in the UK suffer from emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression. NHS Mental Health of Children 2017These disorders are thought to be more the result of environmental influences rather than genetics.The frequency of emotional mental illness in the young is rising.  The graph below does not include the 17-19 age group and does not separate males and females.If the 5-15 year old girls are separated using the raw data there is a 62% increase over the past 18 years:The effect would probably be greater if data were available for 17-19 year olds.The major cause of this illness is well known and it is getting worse:Increases in Depression, Self‐Harm, and Suicide Among U.S. Adolescents After 2012 and Links to Technology Use:

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NHS figures show that almost a quarter of 17 to 19 year old girls in the UK suffer from emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression. 

Are social changes damaging children's mental health?
NHS Mental Health of Children 2017
These disorders are thought to be more the result of environmental influences rather than genetics.
Are social changes damaging children's mental health?

The frequency of emotional mental illness in the young is rising.  The graph below does not include the 17-19 age group and does not separate males and females.

Are social changes damaging children's mental health?

If the 5-15 year old girls are separated using the raw data there is a 62% increase over the past 18 years:

Are social changes damaging children's mental health?

The effect would probably be greater if data were available for 17-19 year olds.

The major cause of this illness is well known and it is getting worse:

Are social changes damaging children's mental health?
Increases in Depression, Self‐Harm, and Suicide Among U.S. Adolescents After 2012 and Links to Technology Use: Possible Mechanisms

The NHS data showed that the poor were more likely to be affected and suggested that the mental illness made sufferers more likely to turn to alcohol, smoking and drug use.

It is interesting that we will shut down our entire economy for a disease such as COVID19 but not lift a finger to help our children.  The big tech companies are literally driving our children mad but nothing is done.  It is sadly the case that for every research paper that identifies the problem big tech companies will finance (indirectly) a study or review to obfuscate the problem.  This is all reminiscent of what happened when smoking was being identified as the source of lung cancer or the adverse effects of the broadcast media were identified.

There is evidence that the epidemic of emotional mental illness is affecting young women in general as this graph of prevalence of experiencing any common mental health disorder (CMD) in the past week, by age, males and females, England, 2014:

Are social changes damaging children's mental health?
Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014

The media claim that everything will be all right with the world so long as we get our ID politics "correct" is not supported by the NHS data, it being unclear whether the rise in sexual awareness due to media exposure would exacerbate or cure the problem:

Are social changes damaging children's mental health?

10/9/2020


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