A Rise In Depression Among Teens And Young Adults Could Be Linked To Social Media Use

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Updated at 3:45 p.m. A study published Thursday in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology finds the percentage of U.S. teens and young adults reporting mental distress, depression and suicidal thoughts and actions has risen significantly over the past decade. While these problems also increased among adults 26 and older, the increase was not nearly as large as among younger people. The study findings suggest a generational shift says psychologist Jean Twenge , with San Diego State University who headed the study and is author of the book iGen. To see a significant increase in negative psychological states "among our vulnerable population of teens and young adults is absolutely heartbreaking," she says. Twenge and her colleagues analyzed data from the...

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A Rise In Depression Among Teens And Young Adults Could Be Linked To Social Media Use

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