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Depression is on the rise among Gen Z a?? and teen girls are experiencing the worst of it

Depression is on the rise among Gen Z a?? and teen girls are experiencing the worst of it
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More US teens are suffering from depression, increasing by 59% from 2007 to 2017, according to the Pew Research Center.




Teen girls are three times more likely than teen boys to experience a major depressive episode, Pew found.




Teen years can lay the foundation for young adulthood — teens who feel more connected to others are less likely to experience mental health problems when they're older.




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America's teens are depressed.
The number of US teens ages 12 to 17 who said they experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2017 increased by 59% since 2007. That's a total of 3.2 million teens, or 13% of the entire cohort, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
The most prominent symptom of major depression is "a severe and persistent low mood, profound sadness, or a sense of despair," according to Harvard Medical School.
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