Survey Anxiety depression on rise for Clark County teens

first_imgIf it’s a rainy day at Ridgefield High School, Madison Langer, 17, will eat lunch in her station wagon and watch “That ’70s Show” on her phone.If it’s sunny, she blows bubbles instead of watching a show.Regardless of the weather, the senior eats lunch alone. She’s grown used to it since she became sober a year and a half ago, she said.Langer began using drugs and doing some drinking because it helped her fit in and find a group of friends. But when she stopped using after about a year, Langer lost her friends. In the most recent Healthy Youth Survey for 2018, she said, Langer checked some of the boxes that dealt with depression and anxiety, and she’s far from alone in her feelings.The overall picture painted by the survey shows that Clark County teens are much more anxious, depressed and suicidal than a decade ago.Langer now works as a prevention assistant with Prevent Coalition — the first minor to be hired by the organization. Langer loves her work with Prevent Coalition and plans to continue working there, along with some other jobs she’ll do to pay her way to Portland Community College. She aspires to get a job in marketing analytics.“I’m doing amazing,” Langer said. “But not everything is perfect.”Survey resultsAccording to the new survey, 67 percent of 10th-grade respondents reported feeling anxious, nervous or depressed, while 55 percent were not able to stop or control worrying. Among 12th-graders, 68 percent were anxious, nervous or on edge, and 59 percent said they were unable to stop or control worrying.last_img read more

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