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Depression, Suicide Concerns up among Teens during pandemic

Mental Health. | Depression and suicide concerns increased among adolescents during the pandemic,

especially among females, according to a study recently published online in Pediatrics.

Stephanie L Mayne, PhD, from The Possibilities Project Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and colleagues compared the percent of primary care visits among adolescents aged 12 to 21 years with screening for depression, screening positive for depression, and screening positive for suicide risk between June and December 2019 and June and December 2020 (pre-pandemic vs pandemic periods).

The researchers found that during the pandemic period, there was a decrease in depression screening at primary care visits from 77.6% to 75.8% (prevalence ratio, 0.98; 95% confidence interval, 0.90 to 1.06).

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Marijuana & Teens | Risk of Major Depression - Suicide thoughts

Mental Health | Teen use of marijuana may raise the risk of major depression and suicidal thoughts later in life, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that cannabis use during the teenage years was associated with a nearly 40 percent bump in the risk of depression and a 50 percent increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts in adulthood, according to the study, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry.

The study comes at a time when cannabis use continues to be high among teens.

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Mental Health Matters | Teen Suicide thoughts double in a decade

Mental Health | Diagnoses of suicidal thoughts or attempted self-harm increased....

....from 0.67 percent of all kids treated in 2008 to 1.79 percent in 2015, according to data from 32 children's hospitals across the United States.

Suicidal thoughts or attempts among kids appear to fluctuate with the school calendar, reaching their lowest levels during the summer and spiking in the fall and spring....

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