Across the U.S., there’s been an uptick in the percentage of teens who are having episodes of depression, a new report finds.
Overall, the national percentage of teens who had major depressive episodes in the 2013-2014 report was 11 percent, up from 9.9 percent in the 2012-2013 report, the researchers found.
It’s unclear if these findings mean that rates will continue to go up, said Myrna Weissman, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York. To figure that out, you’d have to look at trends over a longer time, she said.
However, the findings are in line with what experts would expect: Depression is very common among adolescents, Weissman told Live Science.
However, three factors may explain the slight increase.
– Sarah G Miller