A new study finds a startling rise in depression among all Americans, with youth demonstrating the most rapid increase over the last decade. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy found that from 2005 to 2015, depression rose significantly among Americans age 12 and older. Young people between the ages of 12 and 17 experienced a 46 percent increase in reported depression over this time span.
The findings appear online in the journal Psychological Medicine.
Researchers say this is the first study to identify trends in depression by gender, income, and education over the past decade.
“Depression appears to be increasing among Americans overall, and especially among youth,” said Renee Goodwin, Ph.D., of the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, who led the research.