Recent data from the National Surveys of Drug Use and Health in the United States indicated that the rates of adolescent depression went up from the years 2012 to 2014 in 13 of the 50 states. The remaining 37 states had no significant change when comparing data over this date range.
There is considerable variability between the states with the lowest occurrence of 8.7% in the District of Columbia compared to 14.6 percent in Oregon. Click on the reference link below to see where your state stands in the statistics.
This increased rate translates into 2.7 million adolescents reporting having had a major depressive episode in the past year. That represents 1 in 9 (or 11%) of all adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States.
Unfortunately, nearly two-thirds of adolescents who had a major depressive episode in the last year did not receive treatment. This places them at higher risk for later recurrences.
Two resources were identified in the recent study that can help parents, teachers, and caregivers to recognize the signs and symptoms of adolescent depression and also locate mental health services:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at http://www.samhsa.gov
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at http://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/parents-caregivers/index.html
Lipari, R.N., Hughes, A. and Williams, M. State estimates of major depressive episode among adolescents: 2013 and 2014. The CBHSQ Report: July 7, 2016. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD.http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2385/ShortReport-2385.html