The Doctors discuss the disturbing statistic that according to a recent study, one-third of teenage girls in America have experienced depression.
The study, from the Journal of Translational Psychiatry, found the rate of depression in girls is almost 3 times the rate in boys.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho explains that girls tend to internalize their emotions during this time of development, while boys tend to externalize. She says that often girls will hold on to these emotions and not feel like they have someone to talk with. She says parents need to be vigilant about noticing warning signs like withdrawing and avoiding interpersonal relationships.
The Doctors discuss one example of extreme depression, the story of a 16-year-old who did not get out of bed for months. Her hair became extremely matted. When she finally was able to leave the house, she went to a salon and asked the stylist to shave her head. The stylist, Kayley, recognized how important it was to save the teen's hair. She worked diligently for hours to save the teen's hair instead of shaving her head.
Kayley tells The Doctors the girl came into the salon crying saying she was worthless. "My heart was in pieces... no way should any child or person feel like they are that worthless that they wanted to shave their head. I buckled down and found anything I possibly could to brush and brush and brush and conditioner and 13 hours later we got it out," she shares. She goes on to explain that teen girl came in just before taking her yearbook picture.
The Doctors surprise Kayley with an amazing gift from John Paul Mitchell Systems to help jumpstart her styling career.
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