Depression has become increasingly common among American teenagers — especially teen girls, who are now almost three times as likely as teen boys to have had recent experiences with depression. One-in-five teenage girls — or nearly 2. While teenage girls are more likely to have faced depression than their male peers, they are also more likely to have received treatment by seeing a professional or taking medication. The number of adults who had experienced depression also increased from Adults who have experienced depression are treated at higher rates than teens.
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Laura Santhanam Laura Santhanam. Suicides are on the rise among young Americans of all races, part of a grim national trend that has contributed to lower life expectancy overall , according to new federal data. But a separate study suggests that there are racial disparities in youth suicidal behavior, due in great part because some children lack access to vital resources. While suicide was the 10th most common cause of death among Americans of all ages in , it was the second leading cause of death among young Americans age 15 to 24, according to new data released Thursday from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to Heather Kelly, a clinical psychologist with the American Psychological Association, there is an urgent need for more research to seek out evidence-based ways to prevent suicide and help those who struggle with thoughts of self-harm, especially among veterans, the LGBTQ community, youth and young adults.
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The teen birth rate in the United States is at a record low, dropping below 18 births per 1, girls and women ages 15 to 19 for the first time since the government began regularly collecting data on this group, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics. In , the birth rate among to year-old girls and women was less than half of what it had been in Despite rapid declines in teen birth rates across all major racial and ethnic groups, disparities persist. In , the birth rate for Hispanic and black teens ages 15 to 19 was almost double the rate among white teens and more than five times as high as the rate among Asians and Pacific Islanders. Teen birth rates peaked at
The suicide rates for adolescent boys and girls have been steadily rising since , according to a new report from the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The suicide rate for girls ages 15 to 19 doubled from to , when it reached its highest point in 40 years , according to the CDC. The suicide rate for boys ages 15 to 19 increased by 30 percent over the same time period.