US Records High Rise In Teenage Depression

The percentage of Teens having depression rose from 8.7% to 11.3% in the US, a new survey reports.


“Each year, almost one in 11 adolescents and young adults has a major depressive episode,” the researchers wrote in a study, published Monday, Nov. 14.

Symptoms of major depressive disorder, includes depressed mood or feelings of emptiness, hopelessness or irritability, that last for two weeks or more.

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In the study, the researchers looked at data gathered from 2005 to 2014 in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (an annual government survey).

Data from more than 172,000 teens ages 12 to 17, and from more than 178,000 young adults ages 18 to 25 were included in the study.

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“The growing number of depressed adolescents and young adults who do not receive any mental health treatment for their depressed mood calls for renewed outreach efforts” the report wrote.

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