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MENTAL DISORDERS IN USA OVER TEN YEARS 2008-2017: DISTURBING TREND

MENTAL DISORDERS IN USA OVER TEN YEARS 2008-2017: DISTURBING TREND
MENTAL DISORDERS IN USA OVER TEN YEARS 2008-2017: DISTURBING TREND
MENTAL DISORDERS IN USA OVER TEN YEARS 2008-2017: DISTURBING TREND
The rate of individuals reporting symptoms consistent with major depression in the last 12 months increased 52 percent in adolescents from 2005 to 2017 and 63 percent in young adults age 18 to 25 from 2009 to 2017. There was also a 71 percent increase in young adults experiencing serious psychological distress in the previous 30 days from 2008 to 2017. The rate of young adults with suicidal thoughts or other suicide-related outcomes increased 47 percent from 2008 to 2017.

There was no significant increase in the percentage of older adults experiencing depression or psychological distress during corresponding time periods. The researchers even saw a slight decline in psychological distress in individuals over 65.

Experts are pointing fingers: countless hours spent on social media, communication tech that moved friendships from backyards to apps, and less sleep. 

https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2019/03/mental-health-adults

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