Describing teens as moody and angsty is an old cliche.
That stage of life is loaded with drama and intense feelings.
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.
Counselors are often responsible for more than 500 kids and have other duties as well, often including administering state tests.
A study of national trends in depression among adolescents and young adults published in the journal on November 14 found that the prevalence of teens who reported an MDE in the previous 12 months jumped from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.5% in 2014. (An MDE is defined as a period of at least two weeks of low mood that is present in most situations.
Symptoms include low self-esteem, loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities, and problems with sleep, energy and concentration.) 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.
The study whose lead author was Ramin Mojtabai, MD, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, adjusted for those socio-demographic and household factors and concluded that they could not account for the big increase in depression trends. In fact, there has been little change in rates of substance abuse among teens.
Perhaps the most common risk for depression is being female.
And California’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, tallied more than 5,000 incidents of suicidal behavior last year.
Because symptoms of depression are often not recognizable by teachers, parents or even physicians, this move may be key to better identifying kids who are suffering and getting them treatment.
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That’s huge increase since they began tracking these issues in the 2010-2011 school year, when just 255 incidents were reported.
These incidents ranged from expressions of openness to suicide and self-harm, and acts of self-harm.