3 Million Teens Have It

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By Mia De Graff | Dailymail

A government study reveals that depression strikes 3 million U.S. teens per  year. That report indicates 1 in 9 adolescents ‘suffer severe depressive bouts affecting sleep, energy, and self-esteem’ each year.

The number of 12- to 17-year-olds being treated for depressive episodes in America has steadily climbed in recent years. As of 2014, one in nine adolescents were receiving care to combat trouble sleeping, lack of concentration, lost interest in activities, and plummeting self-esteem among other symptoms.

The author of the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) warns the figures show a need for parents and teachers to help young people communicate their feelings.

“Adolescence is a critical time in a person’s development, and battling with depression can be devastating for teens unless they receive effective treatment,” said Paolo del Vecchio, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. 

According to del Vecchio, “effective treatment is available, but parents, teachers and all concerned members of the community must work to assure that adolescents in need get help.”

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