Teenage Depression and Suicide Statistics
The statistics on teenage depression are clearheaded. Depression has a major impact on teenager development as well as well-being.
Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the US among teenagers and adults. Teenage depression can adversely affect school and work performance, impair family relationship and aggravate the intensity of other health related problems like asthma and obesity.
Some reports indicate that one in five children may have some kind of psychological, behavioral and emotional issues whereas one in ten may have a significant emotional problem.
Teenage Depression Statistics:
- 1 out of 8 teenagers are identified as having depression.
- Depression is twice as more likely to affect females compared to males.
- Approximately 20% of teenagers may suffer from teen depression before they achieve adulthood.
- Around 5% of teens may experience major depressive disorder at any one point in their life.
- 30 percent of teenagers with depression also experience a drug abuse problem.
- Between 20 to 50 percent of adolescents are affected by depression who have a family history of depression or some other mental disorder.
- Depressed teens are more likely to have difficulty at schools and at jobs, and to struggle with relationship.
- It is the sixth leading cause of death among the young children age 5-14.
- Many adolescents with depression will suffer from more than one episode and 70 percent teens may have more than one episode before adulthood.
- Teens with major depression seem to catch physical health problems more frequent than other teenagers.
- In the United States, about 5,000 teens who experience depression commit suicide every year.
- Most teenage depression can be effectively treated with medication, psychotherapy or combined treatment. Youngsters are more likely to react to treatment when they get it early in the course of their health issues.
Teenage Suicide Statistics:
- 1 million teens across the world die by suicide every year. That’s one suicide for every 40 seconds.
- It is estimated that roughly 5% of teens commit suicide at least once in their lifetime.
- One in twelve teens attempted suicide.
- The rate of death by suicide for teen boys is four times more than the rate of death for girls.
- Between the ages of 10 and 14, the rate of teenage suicide is nearly one person in every 100,000.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens.
- Many teenagers and youngsters die from suicide than from cardiovascular disease, AIDS, cancer, stroke, pneumonia, birth defect, influenza, and long-term lung disease.
- More teen girls than boys report a history of attempted suicide, with a gender ratio of 3:1