The Taboo Reason for Teen Depression - Moms Across America

The Taboo Reason for Teen Depression

This week, The Atlantic posted an article about the four forces propelling the rising rates of depression in teens. As a mother of a teen boy who recently shared that he was feeling depressed and whose grades dropped in his favorite AP and Honors classes from A’s to a D and an F for no apparent reason during peak college consideration time, I was compelled to read the article.

The article by Derek Thompson stated:

The United States is experiencing an extreme teenage mental-health crisis. According to a new CDC study, from 2009 to 2021, the share of American high-school students who say they feel “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” rose from 26 percent to 44 percent. This is the highest level of teenage sadness ever recorded.

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The government survey of almost 8,000 high-school students conducted in the first six months of 2021 found a great deal of variation in mental health among different groups. More than one in four girls reported that they had seriously contemplated attempting suicide during the pandemic, which was twice the rate of boys. Nearly half of LGBTQ teens said they had considered suicide during the pandemic, compared with 14 percent of their heterosexual peers. Sadness among white teens seems to be rising faster than among other groups.

He also provided an alarming chart with data showing the rise of a persistent feeling of sadness and hopelessness. 

I was glad to see that Thompson dispelled the myth of normalizing that teens are just “behaving badly” (statistically, their trouble-making behavior, like teen sex and smoking, has declined). He also argued that the reason is not that there are more depressed teens just because we are willing to talk about it (actually the, quantifiable actions like suicide and eating disorders are on the rise whether people are talking or not). He also disagreed that COVID is to blame for everything. I agree with him on this point as well. Teenage sadness, hopelessness, and suicide were rising before COVID. Before we left the lap of luxury, privilege, entertainment, and sunshine in Southern California the year before COVID, I felt inundated with news of teenage suicides in my circles. The increase in depression in our teens is real and devastating.

Thompson asserted the following are the four reasons for the rise in sadness and hopelessness:

  1. Social Media - This addictive pastime typically makes teens, especially girls, feel worse.
  2. Lack of Sociality - less time in person, more time alone, a drop in extracurricular activities.
  3. Stress in the world: A deluge of negative representations of reality, i.e., climate change, conflict, political divide, etc.
  4. Modern parenting: pushing kids to perform too hard to achieve has been replaced with accommodating children too much, not allowing them to be challenged and learn things on their own, and setting them for anxiety.

While these factors are important, I failed to see them as the only reason for my son’s sudden depression and drop in grades. I checked in with him, and he agreed. He does very little social media, has good friends, is challenged at school and work, where he earns his own money and has a good sense of humor about the world news. And yet, in school, he felt unmotivated, had a hard time focusing, and felt sad about himself. So what could it be?

I realized that this article leaves out a significant contributing factor:

Exposure to wireless radiation from cell phones, laptops, routers, and personal “Smart” devices. The rise in the use of wireless devices and increased time using these devices, especially for students, I would assert, directly correlates with these rates of sadness and depression, and it cannot be counted out as a major contributing factor. While correlation is not causation, many studies are showing the causation of brain damage and neurological effects from prolonged exposure to wireless radiation. 

For example:

A 2015 study on EMFs and depression published in Elsevier by Dr. Martin Pall stated:

Among the more commonly reported changes are sleep disturbance/insomnia, headache, depression/depressive symptoms, fatigue/tiredness, dysesthesia, concentration/attention dysfunction, memory changes, dizziness, irritability, loss of appetite/body weight, restlessness/anxiety, nausea, skin burning/tingling/dermographism, and EEG changes. In summary, then, the mechanism of action of microwave EMFs, the role of the VGCCs in the brain, the impact of non-thermal EMFs on the brain, extensive epidemiological studies performed over the past 50 years, and five criteria testing for causality, all collectively show that various non-thermal microwave EMF exposures produce diverse neuropsychiatric effects.

Clearly, the exponentially increasing wireless radiation exposure is parallel to the rising depression rates. This issue, however, is being entirely avoided by mainstream media, politicians, and even most physicians. It is taboo for the media and politicians to discuss this connection due to the billions of dollars (AT&T and Verizon spent over 8 billion on advertising in 2019 and millions on politicians) of funding both groups receive from Big Tech. Physicians, in general, are not focused on the cause but on treating symptoms, so they merely prescribe an antidepressant with massive side effects and send the patients to talk therapy.

Talk is not enough. Actions need to be taken.

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An interactive map can be found at

The fact is that:

  • Our schools have installed wifi and cell towers by the thousands over the past few years.
  • Thousands of studies show harmful effects from these wireless radiation such as headaches, nosebleeds, brain fog, fatigue, rashes, chronic fatigue, depression, reproductive damage (sterility), and cancer.
  • These harmful effects are largely not attributed to the DNA damage and oxidative stress caused by wireless radiation but are instead blamed on other causes and are being called anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and psychosomatic instead.
  • Numerous doctors and scientists around the world oppose wireless technology because of its harmful effects on humans, wildlife, and personal privacy issues.
  • I personally have measured the wireless radiation in classrooms, and both times the meter showed levels thousands or millions of times higher than is considered safe. Experts recommend less than ten microwatts per square meter during the day and one at night. My child’s school classroom reading resulted in 37,000 and 1.7 million another time. The Parent Teacher Organization meeting read 7,560. 
  • The Linbrook School RF Report shows up to 50,000 microwatts per square meter. After this report, the school lowered the levels of exposure by 81-98%. A chart of RF measurements from Linbrook school is shown below.

I urge the public to educate themselves about the overwhelming evidence of harm from prolonged exposure to wireless radiation. My son moved his seat at school from under the router to the back of the room and immediately felt and could think better. But what about the other students, and how much better would they all be able to function better if the wifi in the router was turned off and the class was hardwired? Reducing exposure can result in improved health within minutes or hours. It’s worth it. But prolonged exposure and ignoring this issue could cause a lifetime of regret and long-term health issues. Our children are irreplaceable. It’s worth it to face reality, no matter how inconvenient it is, to prevent depression, loss of potential, opportunity, and suicide. I will continue to work to have our school hardwired to remove wireless radiation exposure to all students, no matter where they sit or how their body responds to exposure.

Many steps can be taken to reduce wireless exposure in the classroom, as outlined in the TechSafeSchool webinar series. Lowering the power, using routers that only turn on when triggered by the teacher, not allowing cell phone use in the class, and reducing time on devices for learning can all reduce exposure by as much as 81-98%.  Getting hardwired at home and school is the most effective in reducing exposure and is feasible, practical, and affordable. Hardwiring also provide better, more reliable service.  It is time for us to face the real elephant in the room, wireless technology, and speak up for safer, faster, more secure fiber optic cables instead.

Take Action Now to Reduce Depression and Suicide in Teens. Click HERE.


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  • Zen Honeycutt
    published this page in Blog 2022-04-30 09:46:56 -0400

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