Major depression on the rise

The rates of major depression in the United States is increasing, especially among teens and young adults. Blue Cross Blue Shield examined its 41 million member records from 2016 and found 4.4% had received a major depression diagnosis, up 33% from 2013. At 2.6%, the raw number was lower among teens, but the percent increase was substantially larger at 63%. Dr. Laurel Williams, Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital, believes this has something to do with the substantial time kids are spending in from of screens and the social isolation that results. Hopefully, at least a portion of the increase is coming from teens, parents, and healthcare workers simply being more aware of mental health issues, leading to increased rates of diagnosis. Fingers crossed. But just in case, here are 10 tips for minimizing kid’s screen time.