Serious Mental Stress and Teens

Serious mental stress has become a fact of life for many U.S. teens. According to a recently released Pew Research Center survey on teens ages 13 to 17, one of the largest problems facing teens is anxiety and depression. Currently, seven out of ten teens say anxiety and depression are a major problem with their peers. Data on anxiety disorders shows that 7 percent of teens reported some sort of mental episode or condition in 2016–2017. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health also found that serious depression has been on the rise among teens for the past several years. Almost 13 percent of teens had experienced a major depressive episode in 2016. Fewer than half of teens with major depression said they’d been treated for it in the past year.

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