3 million American teens are affected by depression annually

Nearly 3 million American teens are affected by depression annually

Nearly three million American teenagers are affected by depression annually, according to a new government report. Paolo del Vecchio, director of the Center for Mental Health Services at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), said, “Adolescence is a critical time in a person’s development, and battling with depression can be devastating for teens unless they receive effective treatment. Effective treatment is available, but parents, teachers, and all concerned members of the community must work to assure that adolescents in need get help.”

Symptoms of depression in teenagers include withdrawal from once-favored activities, sleeplessness, and difficulty eating or concentrating.
The rate of depression among American teenagers has risen dramatically from 9.9 percent in 2012 to 11 percent in 2013.

Rates of major depressive episodes among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 were highest in Oregon, with an annual average of 14.6 percent. Other states with a greater prevalence of depression included Arizona, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

On the other side, District of Columbia has the lowest rates of American teenage depression, along with Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Tennessee.

Also, read Bel Marra Health’s article: Coronary heart disease, stroke, and depression risk lowered by regular outdoor walking: Study.


Sources:
http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/201607071200


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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