Children and Depression

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?


  1. University of Liverpool. “One in four girls is depressed at age 14.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 September 2017. <>.
  2. Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Facts and Statistics”.
  3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Depression and Anxiety”.


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