The rate of adolescents reporting a recent bout of clinical depression grew by 37% over the decade ending in 2014, with one in six girls reporting an depressive episode in the past year, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.  National Trends in the Prevalence and Treatment of Depresson in Adolescents and Young Adults published in the journal Pediatrics in November 2016 found that mental health treatment is not increasing with the amount of young people experiencing depression and/or attempts of suicide.  Suicide rates have been increasing in recent years, particularly among adolescent girls and young women. “This shows us there are a growing number of untreated adolescents with depression and that we are making few inroads in getting mental health care to this population,” says study leader Ramin Mojtabai, MD, PhD, MPH, a professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Bloomberg School. “It is imperative that we find ways to reach these teenagers and help them manage their depression.” Read the full summary here.

 

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