Are U.S. Teens More Depressed?

Are U.S. Teens More Depressed?

A recent study suggests that the number of U.S. teens with untreated depression may be on the rise.

A recent article by Reuters Health notes that “For youth ages 12 to 17, the prevalence of depression increased from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014, the study found. Among adults aged 18 to 25, the prevalence climbed from 8.8 percent to 9.6 percent during the study period.”

The study also found that there hasn’t been much change in the proportion of teens and young adults seeking mental health treatment.

The findings suggest a growing number of teens and young adults have depression and don’t receive treatment, the authors conclude.

Each year, about 1 in 11 teens and young adults suffers at least one episode of major depression, researchers report in Pediatrics.

The report suggests that there’s room for parents, pediatricians and school and college counseling services to step up efforts to identify and help youth with mental health problems.

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