Mental Health Problems Rise Significantly Among Young Americans

Mental Health Problems Rise Significantly Among Young Americans

Over the past decade or so, rates of depression, psychological distress and suicidal thoughts and actions have risen dramatically among people 26 and younger, with some of the highest increases among women and people at higher income levels, according to a new study of a broad swath of young Americans.

The report, published Thursday in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Abnormal Psychology, looked at survey data from more than 600,000 adolescents and adults. It found that in the past 10 to 12 years, the number of people reporting symptoms indicative of major depression jumped 52 percent among 12- to 17-year-olds and 63 percent among 18- to 25-year-olds; the rate for both groups is now at 13.2 percent. Serious psychological distress and suicide-related thoughts or actions also shot up, by 71 percent in young adults, from 7.7 percent to 13.1 percent.

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