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Depression: The Growing American Mental Health Storm

 

American mental health seems to be in a downturn.

Days after the suicide of fashion designer Kate Spade, at 55, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that suicides are becoming more common in every age group, but especially in mid-life.

The biggest increase was among men ages 45 to 64, and suicide is rising among mid-life women, too.

Young people — from teens to college students — are another group that appears to be greatly affected by the mental health storm that’s growing in America.

Prompt treatment for depression is important to overall health. Untreated depression raises the risk of stroke, heart attacks, dementia, and Parkinson’s — especially in older people.

And once a person is ill, depression can make recovery more difficult.

More depressed young

Some of the rise in rates of depression might be attributed to more people seeking care as mental illness becomes less stigmatized. However, the recent bumps in numbers of depressed people have happened too quickly to entirely fit that explanation.

For example, diagnoses of major depression rose by a third between 2013 and 2016, in a report analyzing claims to Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

This data revealed increases in all age groups for both men and women — but particular spikes among teens and young adults through age 35.

In research based on national surveys including the uninsured, more than 11 percent of teens, and 9.6 percent of Americans ages 18 to 25, had major depression in the most recent year.

Thoughts of suicide have also been found to be common among teens, though much smaller numbers take action.

More than 22 percent of American high school girls think about attempting suicide, according to 2013 CDC data. Of that group, 3.6 percent took steps that resulted in an injury, poisoning, or overdose that required medical care.

The numbers were roughly half for boys: Nearly 12 percent considered suicide and less than 2 percent took actions that required medical care.

In surveys that ask teens and college students whether they engage in self-hurting behavior, such as cutting or burning their skin, as many as 40 percent say yes, though it’s not clear whether those figures are rising.

Are smartphones to blame for rising depression rates?

Why now? One big obvious change is the rise of social media and the smartphone.

Based on two large U.S. surveys of 8th- through 12th-graders, researchers argued that screen time tracked closely with reported mental health issues.

This was true for individual kids — the more time on the phone, the more likely they were to report symptoms of depression. It was also true for the numbers as a whole, lead author, San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge, PhD, reported.

Kids began getting smartphones between 2010 and 2015. As the phones spread, overall depression symptoms increased, year by year, she said.

In the same period, visits to counseling centers at colleges jumped 30 percent.

A social media habit has also been tied to depression in studies of 19- to 32-year-olds, though it may matter most how often they look.

For those who are vulnerable to feeling left out, social media shows them acquaintances having more fun than they are. And for those who try to compete, the competition can be constant.

Growing loneliness

Other research found that loneliness is at “epidemic levels” in the United States.

In a report from Cigna, only around half of Americans said they have daily meaningful in-person conversations with a friend or family member. Most Americans qualify as “lonely.”

For example, when asked how often they feel that no one knows them well, 54 percent said they feel that way always or sometimes.

Generation Z — adults between the ages of 18 and 22 — emerged as the loneliest, regardless of how much time they spent online or on their phones.

Living single

More adults — 42 percent — live without a spouse or romantic partner, a number that has grown since 2007 in all age groups under 65.

That number is even higher for those aged 18 to 35. About 61 percent live as singletons — up from 56 percent in 2007.

It’s not clear that married people are happier, healthier, or are less lonely — yet many unpartnered people assume they are and feel left out.

It is clear that living single is tied to less financial security, a Pew Research Center report notes.

More than half of working-age adults without a job were living single in 2017, sharply up from a decade earlier. They don’t have access to a spouse’s health insurance or cushion when their income falls.

What you can do

Although depression can make it much harder, now is the time to take good care of yourself.

Be persistent

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, be persistent about finding the right medical care — ideally both medication and counseling — and use that boost to focus on good health habits across life.

Encourage exercise

Exercise helps, though research suggests it won’t substitute for therapy. Mind your diet and sleep, as well as hygiene, and cultivate in-person social ties.

Keep a close eye on activities

For parents, the tendency is to worry most about teens who are acting out. But, according to a 2014 study of more than 12,000 European teens, an “invisible risk group” of teens don’t exercise, skip sleep, and spend a lot of time online. More than 13 percent were depressed and nearly 6 percent attempted suicide.

Parents can promote in-person social activities for children to help them fight the trend of spending hours alone in their room and limit screen time by barring phones and laptops from beds.

Watch the diet

Loss of appetite emerged as a red flag for suicidal thinking in a study in Japan of more than 18,000 teens.

What your child eats matters, too. Skipping vegetables and fruits and sticking to foods like meat and bread is depressing, according to research with more than 7,000 teens.

Don’t wait

Don’t wait more than a year to get help for a child with suicidal thinking: Research suggests that treatment within the first 6 to 12 months after the suicidal thoughts begin is most effective.

239 Comments
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    Posted at 05:08h, 17 September Reply

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  • Harrison H. Ross
    Posted at 22:06h, 05 September Reply

    I have a friend that deals with this

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    Posted at 14:07h, 13 July Reply

    Thank you!! Very helpful

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    Posted at 21:22h, 12 July Reply

    good info.

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    Posted at 10:40h, 12 June Reply

    Thank you

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    Posted at 17:47h, 11 June Reply

    Thank you. Great article

  • Luke Svoboda
    Posted at 01:45h, 06 June Reply

    I do not like the part about teen suicide rates among teen boys and girls. The article implies statistically that teen girls are havi g a harder time with suicide when in fact teen suicide rates have been consistently higher for decades. The CDC reports in 2015 there were approx. 1600 male suicides of teen boys 15 19 and 600 female suicides of teen girls age 15 19. I do not appreciate the misleading information.

  • Tonia Wolfe
    Posted at 17:46h, 04 June Reply

    Good information. Would like to see more research regarding smartphones and depression in children as well as adults

  • James Hoit
    Posted at 15:28h, 04 June Reply

    I feel that, at times, people who work in education start to feel beaten down by student poverty, parents, and expectations. This article does skim that but I would like to see more.

  • Debra Bateson
    Posted at 22:52h, 31 May Reply

    Interesting reading

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    Posted at 11:31h, 31 May Reply

    Find someone that you can talk to. Get the help you need,your family needs youYour family needs you talk to your doctor get counseling

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    Posted at 18:29h, 30 May Reply

    Good Article

  • Jim Cosby
    Posted at 03:47h, 29 May Reply

    Good article. Thanks

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    Posted at 23:57h, 28 May Reply

    Very informative.

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    Posted at 22:23h, 28 May Reply

    Interesting read

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    Posted at 18:11h, 28 May Reply

    Good info. Thank you

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    Posted at 17:51h, 28 May Reply

    Thank you for the information!!!!

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    Posted at 15:02h, 28 May Reply

    Thank you

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    Posted at 14:46h, 28 May Reply

    Good read

  • Christina Woodfork
    Posted at 14:39h, 28 May Reply

    This is a growing epidemic

  • Darby Rouzee
    Posted at 14:30h, 28 May Reply

    This definitely makes sense, as social media often reflects the perfect view of others and encourages people to say things that they wouldn’t do in person. Thank you!

  • Susan Fisher
    Posted at 12:46h, 28 May Reply

    Very interesting article

  • A.W
    Posted at 06:37h, 28 May Reply

    Thank you

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    Posted at 01:55h, 28 May Reply

    Thanks !

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    Posted at 23:50h, 27 May Reply

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    Posted at 16:59h, 27 May Reply

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    Posted at 14:42h, 27 May Reply

    Thanks for the information

  • John DiCrisci
    Posted at 07:47h, 27 May Reply

    Didn’t realize it had gotten this bad, really eye opening.

  • Elizabeth Fogleman
    Posted at 21:54h, 25 May Reply

    This makes sense, and yet socialization is so difficult for anyone feeling depressed or lonely. By human nature, we tend to slip into ‘I’m all by myself’ sadness or hopelessness. It takes a lot of courage, and a friend to come up out of it.

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    Posted at 21:30h, 25 May Reply

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    Thank you for new and helpful info I will be able to help someone before a critical time

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    Posted at 17:10h, 25 May Reply

    Really interesting

  • George Wain
    Posted at 14:41h, 25 May Reply

    The correlation between social media and depression is disturbing. There are some excellent ideas in the article to help combat depression.

  • Brad Martin
    Posted at 22:15h, 24 May Reply

    Very informative article. Thanks

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    Posted at 20:16h, 24 May Reply

    thank you

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    Posted at 20:15h, 24 May Reply

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  • M. D.
    Posted at 19:19h, 24 May Reply

    Great article. I found it interesting to read other peoples comments. Its nice to know i am not alone in my feelings.

  • V Rogan
    Posted at 17:36h, 24 May Reply

    Thank you. Sad so many children are involved with this. Children should gave happy lives

  • Ruste Harvell
    Posted at 16:50h, 24 May Reply

    Ok

  • Matt
    Posted at 12:24h, 24 May Reply

    Thank you. Very helpful.

  • Toni Bullitt
    Posted at 03:55h, 24 May Reply

    SHALOM All!!! THE MOST HIGH ALMIGHTY LOVE to Me is the best way out of depression. No rituals involved, just talk or think in a positive manner to the SPIRIT inside of you, then be still & listen to the still voice within, & check out the results. For those that feel meds r necessary, get more than 1 diagnosis. Compare each prognosis. Then check in with SELF! b4 making your decision. Exercise & spiritual counseling I agree with.

  • Sandra Vicks
    Posted at 03:28h, 24 May Reply

    Mental illness is the number one thing that needs to be brought to the forefront.
    Treatment is much need and we must understand that not all people seek treatment.

  • Georgia Vezina
    Posted at 00:54h, 24 May Reply

    Thank you

  • Kimberly K Reed
    Posted at 23:20h, 23 May Reply

    Thanks

  • Irene Durr
    Posted at 22:14h, 23 May Reply

    Social Media plays a big part in most things these days.

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    Posted at 20:25h, 23 May Reply

    Ty

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    Posted at 20:13h, 23 May Reply

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    Posted at 20:00h, 23 May Reply

    Good read, thank you. It relates to the current population more than ever.

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    Posted at 16:33h, 23 May Reply

    thank you very interesting

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    Posted at 15:55h, 23 May Reply

    Thank you!

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    Posted at 05:38h, 23 May Reply

    Great info

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    Posted at 01:54h, 23 May Reply

    Oh my, the statistics are scary!

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    Good topic to cover. Thanks!

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    Posted at 01:32h, 23 May Reply

    Great article!!!!!!

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    Posted at 23:26h, 22 May Reply

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    So Sad!

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    Posted at 20:30h, 22 May Reply

    Ik people who struggle with depression

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      Posted at 18:20h, 24 May Reply

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        Posted at 22:30h, 29 May Reply

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    Posted at 17:49h, 22 May Reply

    I appreciated this information. Depression attacks the very core of our society. God created us for relationship and we allow too many things to take the place of relationship. I’ve seen long-term physical illness can also cause depression.

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    How sad this is, understanding depression in ourselves or others is so important. This was a great article. Thank you

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    Good wake up call. Technology does not adequately replace in person interactions.

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    Posted at 00:33h, 22 May Reply

    Interesting

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    Posted at 00:22h, 22 May Reply

    Every country have problems with depression! Self reliance is the main reason!

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    Posted at 23:54h, 21 May Reply

    Good post

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    Posted at 23:50h, 21 May Reply

    Very good article. Can help many people.

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    Posted at 23:48h, 21 May Reply

    Thank you

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    Posted at 23:43h, 21 May Reply

    Thank you got the info , will keep this in mind to help my family.

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    Posted at 23:42h, 21 May Reply

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    Posted at 23:35h, 21 May Reply

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    Posted at 23:08h, 21 May Reply

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  • Serena Phillips
    Posted at 23:03h, 21 May Reply

    Thank you for the information.

  • Lula M Scott
    Posted at 22:45h, 21 May Reply

    Depressed was me at the age of 39 years of age.I lost my son to tragic death. It totally overwhelmed me. I went therapy and a lot of counseling. But what back me through my grief was my 5 year old daughter Brenda. I I had pushed the rest of my kids aside. My baby said to me you still have me and her siblings. She was and always have been very intelligent for her age..She said God have him to you and you have great memories and he will always be with you and us. That 5 year old brought me out of a dark place.

  • Jeff Chadwick
    Posted at 22:44h, 21 May Reply

    Good article about a very real subject.

  • Kelli welsh
    Posted at 22:40h, 21 May Reply

    Good article

  • STACEY HAMNER
    Posted at 22:37h, 21 May Reply

    Thanks

  • devona maher
    Posted at 22:22h, 21 May Reply

    Depression can be debilitating, been there, and better now

  • Charles Xavier cross
    Posted at 22:18h, 21 May Reply

    These are helpful hints but I don’t have a problem with these issues

  • Barb Moury
    Posted at 22:03h, 21 May Reply

    As a teacher in the middle school for over twenty years, I have seen the suicide rate has definitely increased. Depression has no borders, hits all social economic areas,, all ages, and all sexes.

  • KEITH fletcher
    Posted at 22:02h, 21 May Reply

    Smartphones are a big problem

  • KEITH fletcher
    Posted at 22:01h, 21 May Reply

    I believe smartphones are a hugh problem. thats all you see is people with their face in the phone.

  • Mary Ella Johnson
    Posted at 21:59h, 21 May Reply

    This does not surprise!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 21:58h, 21 May Reply

    Very helpful

  • Steven Sherman
    Posted at 21:58h, 21 May Reply

    I know me too.

  • Michael Holloman
    Posted at 21:50h, 21 May Reply

    Good reading

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    Posted at 21:06h, 21 May Reply

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  • Crystal Cool
    Posted at 21:03h, 21 May Reply

    Some what helpful. What if someone hasn’t come out and said anything but you think that person is thinking about hurting themselves?

  • Rudyard Sylveria Baker
    Posted at 20:30h, 21 May Reply

    Interesting have to reflect more on this topic. Thanks!

  • Lori
    Posted at 20:28h, 21 May Reply

    I am not surprised at the data re Gen Z as they have grown up with social media and many have not been adequately exposed to a social life that is not online. Media often mimics reality i.e. the movie “Selfie” and can offer light-hearted food for thought.

  • Shelby York
    Posted at 20:18h, 21 May Reply

    Thanks for the info

  • Darryl Young
    Posted at 20:07h, 21 May Reply

    Very informative.

  • Laurie Lierman
    Posted at 20:03h, 21 May Reply

    I know cell phone usage cuts into social time just by watching the younger people at work. They sit in the break room on their phones and really don’t talk unless it’s to show someone something on their phone. I just don’t understand the attraction.

  • Brenda L Nicholson
    Posted at 19:51h, 21 May Reply

    I just cant imagine people going thru this breaks my heart

  • Brandy Chandler
    Posted at 19:31h, 21 May Reply

    Very informative. Thank You

  • Rick Noble
    Posted at 19:31h, 21 May Reply

    I agree that depression with younger people is increasing snd they need help.

  • Jerry M. Calhoun II
    Posted at 19:24h, 21 May Reply

    Thanks

  • Bernadette Kniffin
    Posted at 19:20h, 21 May Reply

    Good info

  • Bernadette Kniffin
    Posted at 19:18h, 21 May Reply

    Good information.

    Thanks,

    Bernie

  • Alexander
    Posted at 19:14h, 21 May Reply

    Again this seems too obvious…. if u have more than 1 hobby u would not have time to think about any of this. I create digital art and am a somewhat social gamer, I’m single but i rarely think about that b.s. bc I stay constantly busy

  • Alexander
    Posted at 19:13h, 21 May Reply

    Alot pf this seems obvious…. if u have more than 1 hobby u would not have time to think about any of this. I create digital art and am a somewhat social gamer, I’m single but i rarely think about that b.s. bc I stay constantly busy

  • jennifer pavlik
    Posted at 19:08h, 21 May Reply

    Very informative article…

  • Harold Little
    Posted at 18:54h, 21 May Reply

    I found the tie between phone technology and depression to be very interesting. Great article!

  • Stacey Nix
    Posted at 18:47h, 21 May Reply

    I learn so much from these! Awesome reading

  • Rickey Harris
    Posted at 18:45h, 21 May Reply

    Very good information, didn’t know and had no idea. Thanks a lot

  • Ron Dotson
    Posted at 18:42h, 21 May Reply

    Yes I’ve dealt with depression years ago but right now I am working and in a happy place

  • Kelly Pitts
    Posted at 18:28h, 21 May Reply

    Good information.

  • Richard wiese
    Posted at 18:22h, 21 May Reply

    Very good information about mental health issues. R wiese

  • Larry Hettinger
    Posted at 18:20h, 21 May Reply

    Eye opening ….. should all move to the country set alone in peace 2 hours a day and watch and listen to nature.

    • Cheryl Schubert
      Posted at 16:28h, 25 May Reply

      That sounds GREAT Larry!

  • L Bennett
    Posted at 18:13h, 21 May Reply

    Very helpful.

  • gayle shelton
    Posted at 18:09h, 21 May Reply

    That was a very informative article. I will limit her use of the phone especially at bed time.

  • gayle shelton
    Posted at 18:07h, 21 May Reply

    That was a very informative article. I will work on limiting the amount of time my niece uses her cell phone, especially at bed time.

  • Tyrone Judge II
    Posted at 18:06h, 21 May Reply

    Good read but the best thing to do is to stay active and open to new experiences. I agree that smartphones are a major factor in depression mixed with the cyber bullying but we have to teach resiliency because bullying takes different forms in adulthood.

  • Nicole
    Posted at 18:03h, 21 May Reply

    read

  • Anthony Staley
    Posted at 18:00h, 21 May Reply

    Smartphones kill!

  • Julia Haynes
    Posted at 17:58h, 21 May Reply

    Great read, learn a lot more

  • Marla Cantway
    Posted at 17:53h, 21 May Reply

    Great info!

  • Lisa Jackson
    Posted at 17:47h, 21 May Reply

    Sad!

  • Eunice Young
    Posted at 17:45h, 21 May Reply

    Good to know

    • Anisha Welch
      Posted at 20:18h, 25 May Reply

      It’s so disheartening how many people are depressed and single, or depressed and don’t even speak about it and get the help they need! Definitely a hard thing to deal with! Go

  • Brett Shortell
    Posted at 17:41h, 21 May Reply

    Good information

  • Brett Shortell
    Posted at 17:41h, 21 May Reply

    Good article

  • Thomas M Gavin
    Posted at 17:38h, 21 May Reply

    Very informative article, depression hurts !

  • Kristin Meschke
    Posted at 17:38h, 21 May Reply

    Unbelievable!!

  • Zachary Stivers
    Posted at 17:35h, 21 May Reply

    My puppies get lonely when I’m at work. They’re probably depressed too.

  • Hunter G
    Posted at 17:32h, 21 May Reply

    Very interesting article. Thanks

  • Kim Hetrick
    Posted at 17:28h, 21 May Reply

    Interesting facts! Thanks!

  • Candice Thomas
    Posted at 17:26h, 21 May Reply

    Depression is a serious problem with a lot of people now days . So , thank you for this information because it has a lot of things I didn’t know about in it .

  • Amanda Shows
    Posted at 17:25h, 21 May Reply

    I agree

  • Leasa Bowman
    Posted at 17:22h, 21 May Reply

    Very informative article…thank you!

  • Lorita Gavin
    Posted at 17:20h, 21 May Reply

    Done

  • Freda Hunt
    Posted at 17:19h, 21 May Reply

    Wow, very interesting article. Depression is no joke.

  • Rose Garrett
    Posted at 17:16h, 21 May Reply

    Nice article

  • Hind
    Posted at 17:15h, 21 May Reply

    Good info

  • justin part
    Posted at 17:15h, 21 May Reply

    WOW!!!!!

  • Carl Allen
    Posted at 17:10h, 21 May Reply

    Wow

  • Lindsey Napoleon
    Posted at 17:09h, 21 May Reply

    I believe smartphones are a major cause to many social issues.

  • Donna Farmer
    Posted at 17:06h, 21 May Reply

    Very interesting

  • Nina Graham
    Posted at 17:06h, 21 May Reply

    Thank You!

  • Desmond Williams
    Posted at 17:05h, 21 May Reply

    Thanks

  • Josh
    Posted at 17:05h, 21 May Reply

    Good Info

  • Nakosha Gibbs
    Posted at 17:04h, 21 May Reply

    Thank you for that information. It was very helpful to me because I have a daughter who has been going thru depression and refuses to seek help.

  • Larry Crawford
    Posted at 17:04h, 21 May Reply

    Good article

    • Robin Thomas
      Posted at 00:33h, 23 May Reply

      Interesting.

  • Danny LaFountain
    Posted at 17:04h, 21 May Reply

    Ok

  • Danny LaFountain
    Posted at 17:03h, 21 May Reply

    and?

  • Danny LaFountain
    Posted at 17:02h, 21 May Reply

    Real list of WHAT but no HOWS

  • Bob Hon
    Posted at 17:00h, 21 May Reply

    Excellent article regarding a surprisingly growing problem in the US and our backyards

  • Titus Francis
    Posted at 16:59h, 21 May Reply

    Very helpful

  • Ben H Poitevint
    Posted at 16:58h, 21 May Reply

    Thanks

  • Yvonne Lees
    Posted at 16:57h, 21 May Reply

    I agree that social media tied to depression.

  • John w
    Posted at 16:57h, 21 May Reply

    Great article

  • Gary Burke
    Posted at 16:55h, 21 May Reply

    Thanks great information

  • John Swanson
    Posted at 16:54h, 21 May Reply

    Interesting statistics; and very sad to see the number of people impacted across age groups and gender

  • Holly Michelle Green
    Posted at 16:53h, 21 May Reply

    VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE. SAD THAT SOCIAL MEDIA IS CONTRIBUTING TO DEPRESSION IN
    CHILDREN.

  • Angela watson
    Posted at 16:52h, 21 May Reply

    Makes sense

  • Travis w Taylor
    Posted at 16:51h, 21 May Reply

    We can blame it on whatever we want to but the only one that can handle these things is Jesus Christ! Sure you can medicate theses things or patch them but he’s the only one that can give full healing

  • Rose Davis
    Posted at 16:48h, 21 May Reply

    very good info

    thanks

  • Lyndsay Myers
    Posted at 16:46h, 21 May Reply

    Depression effects many

  • Donna Taliaferro
    Posted at 16:45h, 21 May Reply

    Good to know

  • Leila Cordingley
    Posted at 16:45h, 21 May Reply

    Very good information. We need to be aware of what is happening in our family’s lives.

  • Nicklas Armor
    Posted at 16:44h, 21 May Reply

    Wow! And it all stems back to devices…. It seems that the days of spending time together, and actually taking part in our families lives is a thing of the past…. I can’t imagine where this world will be in 20 years if we don’t make adjustments now!

  • LaChelle Rininger
    Posted at 16:43h, 21 May Reply

    Depression is a very sad thing. Many people go undiagnosed or have such severe symptoms that it effects their daily life to the point of not being able to function. The saddest part is the medication that may only work for awhile but doesn’t give you total symptom relief.

  • Lynell moss
    Posted at 16:41h, 21 May Reply

    Done

  • Darci Kells
    Posted at 16:40h, 21 May Reply

    Informative

  • Angela A Watson
    Posted at 16:40h, 21 May Reply

    Helpful

  • Olivia Dumont
    Posted at 16:40h, 21 May Reply

    Very helpful

  • Connie Donley
    Posted at 16:39h, 21 May Reply

    Great information

  • Donnie Thomas
    Posted at 16:37h, 21 May Reply

    Thank you, this is helpful

  • Jason gough
    Posted at 16:36h, 21 May Reply

    good information… i I agree with the observation …will apply is situation occurs

  • alberto velez
    Posted at 16:36h, 21 May Reply

    I agree with the observation and it’s something we need to look more into especially with our youth.

  • Cynthia Alexander
    Posted at 16:36h, 21 May Reply

    Very good information. Thanks

  • Cletona Alston
    Posted at 16:35h, 21 May Reply

    A good read. This is a sad, but true fact and people need to reach out for help!.

  • Jennifer Russ
    Posted at 16:34h, 21 May Reply

    I love these articles! Thank you!

  • Tia Easton
    Posted at 16:34h, 21 May Reply

    Great read!!!

  • Patricia Colson
    Posted at 16:34h, 21 May Reply

    A very timely subject…..thank you so much

  • Stephanie Arnett
    Posted at 16:34h, 21 May Reply

    Good information, I had no idea!

  • Melissa Gilligan
    Posted at 16:33h, 21 May Reply

    Ty

  • Kristina richmond
    Posted at 16:32h, 21 May Reply

    Thank you

  • Nick Szynkowski
    Posted at 16:32h, 21 May Reply

    Great Read!

  • ROBERT PRIEBE
    Posted at 16:31h, 21 May Reply

    thanks

  • Shawntrell
    Posted at 16:26h, 21 May Reply

    Great information!

  • Keonda Maness
    Posted at 16:25h, 21 May Reply

    Great read, gives you more information than pharmacological interventions!

  • Melinda
    Posted at 16:24h, 21 May Reply

    Thank you for the information

  • Ronald E Scholz
    Posted at 16:23h, 21 May Reply

    Sad sad sad

  • Brian Bailey
    Posted at 16:23h, 21 May Reply

    Interesting article. I didn’t think about the relationship between screen time and depression. As to relationships – here’s my take on that – I don’t define who I am based on whether I’m in a relationship or not. I honestly couldn’t care less about not being in one.- I’m happy as is. My question is, what about seasonal affective disorder? Does that also contribute to depression?

    • Darren Tosseth
      Posted at 16:12h, 26 May Reply

      good information to have.

  • Angela Lloyd
    Posted at 16:22h, 21 May Reply

    Good read’ thanks

  • Tawny Fox
    Posted at 16:22h, 21 May Reply

    Interesting statistics.

  • Christine Owsley
    Posted at 16:21h, 21 May Reply

    Good info

  • Steven Mendoza
    Posted at 16:19h, 21 May Reply

    Thank you very much for this read!

  • Scott Bash
    Posted at 16:18h, 21 May Reply

    A supportive spouse &family is worth its weight in gold but you have to stay strong mentally . Talk to someone . As a recent heart patient believe me I’ve had sad days , but that’s emotion . Just know someone loved &cares about you

  • Shellyanne Rushdan
    Posted at 16:17h, 21 May Reply

    Thanks!

  • Shunta M
    Posted at 16:17h, 21 May Reply

    Great info

  • arthur sigley
    Posted at 16:16h, 21 May Reply

    Didn’t know that

  • Chelsy cook
    Posted at 16:16h, 21 May Reply

    Depression is real. My best friend suffers from it and I hate that she has to deal with it.

  • Barbara Lynn Lambert
    Posted at 16:15h, 21 May Reply

    Good info…
    We are social creatures, not machines. We are meant to “socialize” and have relationships with people, even if it’s only just a few, socializing through a machine does not fill that void of personal interaction.
    And always pay attention to your friends and family when you think something is off, don’t worry about hurting someone’s feelings.

  • Jordan Forrester
    Posted at 16:12h, 21 May Reply

    Wow! Great read!

  • Elisabeth Beinecke
    Posted at 16:12h, 21 May Reply

    great news

  • Tommy medlin
    Posted at 16:10h, 21 May Reply

    Good article

  • Jonathan Upholz
    Posted at 16:09h, 21 May Reply

    Very interesting to hear that there is a correlation with kids and time spent on phone and depression, I’d be interested in reading the actual research m!!

  • Mike Garner
    Posted at 16:09h, 21 May Reply

    I read the article. ..thanks

  • Sherri Stoltzfus
    Posted at 16:08h, 21 May Reply

    Very informative

  • Samantha Hunt
    Posted at 16:08h, 21 May Reply

    Useful

  • Lolita Whitley
    Posted at 16:08h, 21 May Reply

    These is entertaining to me

  • Gayle Delozier
    Posted at 16:07h, 21 May Reply

    Interesting statistics as related to married versus single.

  • Beth Smith
    Posted at 16:07h, 21 May Reply

    After having a son attempt suicide. Communication is the key
    If somthing seems off talk to your child

  • Kimberly Couts
    Posted at 16:07h, 21 May Reply

    Good information.

  • Gayle Delozier
    Posted at 16:07h, 21 May Reply

    Interesting statistics.

  • Michael jones
    Posted at 16:06h, 21 May Reply

    Thank you. Very helpful.

  • Heather Bower
    Posted at 16:06h, 21 May Reply

    Sad and scary with younger kids. Thanks for sharing!

  • Aaryn Crosby
    Posted at 16:03h, 21 May Reply

    Ty

  • David Murray
    Posted at 16:00h, 21 May Reply

    Thanks for the information.

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