Teen girls, who spoil themselves with dicey behaviors, like sex and drugs are more susceptible to depression. While depressed girls who are abstinent, however, have lesser chances of engaging in any high-risk behavior.
A common belief about high-risk teens is that they use alcohol, drugs and sex to ‘self-medicate’ depressed feelings. But new research contradicts that widely-held notion, showing instead that alcohol, drugs and sex actually lead to depression, not the other way around.
After going through a series of examination, considering typical patterns found during adolescence and by examining gender differences, the researchers have discovered that sex and drug behavior predicted an increased likelihood of depression, but depression did not predict behavior.
Among girls, both experimental and high-risk behaviors predicted depression. Among boys, only high-risk behavior increased the odds of later depression.
Statistical data shows:
1. In 2003, 47% of high school students reported that during the past month, they had intercourse.
2. 45% accounted drinking alcohol.
3. 22% said that they had used marijuana.
4. Nearly, 1/3rd said that their feeling of hopelessness had kept then from doing normal activities over the past year.
College counselors have asserted that depression on college campuses has doubled over the past decade and that suicides have tripled too. And it is only the result of casual sexual intimacy.
Even if contraception and the prevention of disease transmission were 100% effective, which they most certainly are not, the psychological impact of meaningless because of casual sexual intimacy remains, particularly upon young females.
There is a dire need of acquainting teens with the repercussions of the high-risk behaviors especially, the destructive effects of sexual promiscuity, which makes it a deplorable life for teens to survive.