Depression Rates Are On the Rise in Teenagers

Depression can make life challenging for teens at home, at school and in relationships. Plus, it’s a risk factor for suicide, the second-leading cause of death in 15- to 19-year-olds.

A recent study in the journal Pediatrics showed that this issue is only growing.

The researchers analyzed a decade’s worth of data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. They found that, in 2014, about 11 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 said they had experienced depression within the past year. That was up from about 9 percent in 2005. A smaller increase was seen in young adults ages 18 to 20.

Be alert for warning signs of depression, such as:

  • Long-lasting sadness, hopelessness or crankiness
  • Loss of interest in things that were once enjoyed
  • Sleep problems
  • Lack of energy
  • Trouble concentrating

If you suspect your teenage child might be depressed, reach out to a doctor or therapist for help.

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