It sounds cold, but usually adults pay attention to depression in children when a child commits suicide. Unfortunately, like zoning regulations in Houston, it seems to be human nature to try to fix things after the damage is done.
A new British study of 10,000 children provides statistics on just how common depression is among children.
- By age 14, 25% of girls and 9% of boys show symptoms of depression
- Depression symptoms are more common among lower income households than among wealthy households
The Anxiety and Depression Association says that 25% of US children between the ages of 13 and 18 suffer from anxiety disorders. These disorders affect school performance, socialization and likelihood of abusing various substances.
I’ve not found evidence of a recent US study comparable to the British study. (If you find one, please let me know.)
The obvious question: In the “richest” country in the world, with a supposedly top notch healthcare system, why do these issues exist? Further, why don’t we want to know how big the problem is?
- University of Liverpool. “One in four girls is depressed at age 14.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 September 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170921110706.htm>.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Facts and Statistics”. https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Depression and Anxiety”. https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/depression.html