Now, another danger has been unmasked.
According to the research by the Vanderbilt-led team, the rate of suicide attempts and ideation has doubled among teenagers since 2008. Much of that happens when school is in session. And the occurrence is highest among teenage girls.
This is no stunner. Books have been recently published examining the unique pressures girls encounter once they enter puberty in the second decade of the 21st century.
One book is "Enough As She Is" by Rachel Simmons. Essentially, Simmons found that teenage girls currently are told there is no ceiling on their achievement. Then, they are left out there to figure out how to scramble for it and yet give off the aura of cool.
Back in a more simple era, it was okay for high achieving girls to be what was called "neurotic." We didn't have to be cool. It was understood that we were under extreme stress to both do well academically in high school and then to go on and land a marriage proposal by senior year in college.
Along the way, of course, we were chastised for fat, biting our nails, and not having enough friends. But, everything sort of worked out in the end - at least for decades.
Things only began to spin emotionally out of control when the economy became volatile. Husbands lost jobs. We lost career paths such as in journalism and law. Then, came aging. Cat Stevens had crooned that we should be forever young. That didn't turn out to be the situation.
Here is a catastrophic encounter from 2014 with four former college acquaintances. That left me in existential isolation: unable to trust. In addition, I have traumatic flashbacks to that May in Tucson, Arizona. Reflection: Should females re-think female "friendships."
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