Filtered Instagram photos, emojis galore, and a steady stream of likes, comments, and share can’t hide the truth of what it’s really like to be an American teenager today. A study of national trends of depression found a substantial increase in major depressive episodes, or MDEs, among teens and young adults ages 12 to 20 from 2005 to 2014 – from 8.4% to 11.5%. Of course, teens are ruled by hormones, struggle under the weight of greater responsibilities, and feel the heat from peer pressure. However, this increase in MDEs suggests other factors are making an impact.
To learn more, check out the infographic below created by the Wake Forest University’s Online Master’s in Counseling and Human Services program.