1 in 5 teens report anxiety, depression: Study

Roughly 1 in 5 adolescents between 12 and 17 years old report experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, according to survey data published Feb. 6 by KFF.

The data comes from the Teen National Health Interview Survey, which pulled responses from adolescents between July 2021 and December 2022.

Here are five other survey takeaways:

  1. Twenty-one percent of adolescents reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety in the past two weeks.
  2. Seventeen percent reported experiencing symptoms of depression.
  3. Female adolescents were more than two times more likely as their male counterparts to report symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  4. LGBTQ+ adolescents had the highest rates of anxiety and depression, at 43% and 37%, respectively.
  5. Suicide is the second most common cause of death among adolescents, with the highest rates among American Indian and Alaska Native adolescents, followed by White adolescents.

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