Surprising Behaviors That Put Teens At Serious Risk of Depression

Health & Family

 Teenagers at risk of depression, anxiety and suicide often wear their troubles like a neon sign. Their risky behaviors—drinking too much alcohol, using illegal drugs, smoking cigarettes and skipping school—can alert parents and teachers that serious problems are afoot.

But a new study, published this month in the journal World Psychiatry, finds that there’s another group of adolescents who are in nearly as much danger of experiencing the same psychiatric symptoms as their high-risk peers: teens who use tons of media, don’t get enough sleep and have a sedentary lifestyle.

Of course, that may sound like a description of every teenager on the planet.

I myself seem to have two mantras these days with my 16-year-old: “Get off your phone” and “It’s really late. Go to sleep.”  But the study warns that it is teenagers who engage in all three of these practices in the extreme who are truly…

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