There’s a Startling Increase in Major Depression Depression teen boys Teens in the U. 47 0 0 0 13 6. Describing teens as moody and angsty is an old cliche.
That stage of life is loaded with drama and intense feelings. And it was ever thus—just go back read your high school diary for evidence. A study of national trends in depression among adolescents and young adults published in the journal Pediatrics on November 14 found that the prevalence of teens who reported an MDE in the previous 12 months jumped from 8. Despite the rise in teen depression, the study, which analyzed data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, reported that there hasn’t a corresponding increase in mental health treatment for adolescents and young adults. Researchers said this is an indication that there is a growing number of young people who are under-treated or not treated at all for their symptoms.
This information won’t come as a surprise to school counselors and clinicians who’ve seen a rise in depression, anxiety and related incidents of self-harm first hand, as reported in TIME’s Nov. The Kids Are Not All Right. The number of kids who are struggling with these issues is staggering. Getting resources to these students is essential for them to function in school. She’s working with the National Alliance for Mental Illness to get more counselors trained to identify mental health disorders, but it’s not easy. In Montana, where major depressive episodes have also spiked, there’s a dearth of trained counselors that can get to all the schools in the sparsely populated state so officials are trying implement tele-counselling programs. And California’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, tallied more than 5,000 incidents of suicidal behavior last year.