a few figures about teen depression

from Katie Marsico. Depression and stress. NY: Cavendish Square, ©2014

  • Mental-health experts believe that depression and anxiety affect up to 15 percent of preschoolers.
  • Mental-health experts believe that teens suffering from untreated depressions are up to twelve times more likely to commit suicide than those who are not.
  • Recent research indicates that 41 percent of women living with depression are too embarrassed to seek help.
  • During one mental-health study conducted recently, 45 percent of teens between the ages of thirteen and seventeen said they felt more stressed than the year before. Yet only 28 percent of parents observed this change in their children.
  • A 2010 study revealed that only 50 percent of young people had talked to their parents about stress or worry they had experienced over the previous month.
  • Mental-health experts believe that less than 33 percent of teens suffering from depression receive treatment.

Paige (a teen):
“I’ve heard so many times, ‘You’re not alone’, but that’s something you have to experience – not just hear”.

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