Statistics tell us a story and unfortunately this story is disturbing to say the least. Studies have shown that teens, young adults, and even financially successful older adults are prone to depression, drug addiction, and suicide. And these stats continue to get worse, not better. Below are a few examples of what is happening in the United States today:
A report conducted by Arizona State University studied two groups of students in affluent communities as part of the New England Study of Suburban Youth and found that, despite being popular among peers, performing well in school and being “highly regarded” by teachers, privileged kids were more likely to develop addictions to alcohol, cannabis cocaine and ecstasy compared to national norms – “Adolescents from Upper Middle Class Communities: Substance Misuse and Addiction Across Early Adulthood,” in Development and Psychopathology, 2017.
A 2018 study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is linked with Harvard Medical School, concluded 1 in 5 college students has considered suicide. An annual report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Pennsylvania State University found that college counseling centers recorded increases in the number of students seeking treatment who represented a “threat to self” for seven straight years – The full study was published September 6, 2018 in the journal Depression and Anxiety – Liu CH, Stevens C, Wong SHM, Yasui M, Chen JA. Depress Anxiety. 2019 Jan;36(1):8-17. doi: 10.1002/da.22830. Epub 2018 Sep
There is, tragically, strong evidence that the rising prevalence of teen depression is not just a result of changes in diagnostic criteria: the teen suicide rate has been increasing in tandem with the increase in depression – Lukianoff, Greg. The Coddling of the American Mind (p. 150). Penguin Publishing Group.
A smattering of research has suggested that authority may be linked to depression, and that CEOs may be depressed at more than double the rate of the general public (which is already about 20%). – Walton, Alice. 2015. Why the Super-Successful Get Depressed. Forbes Magazine Online, https://bit.ly/2WYAflJ
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