Teenage rates of depression are appalling; according to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A) about 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. If we take the 2008 census, roughly over 2 million teens are currently experiencing depression symptoms.
Antidepressants are frequently the first line of treatment for mental health issues. Since 1988, antidepressant use in the United States has soared nearly 400%, with 1 in 25 adolescents taking antidepressants. These numbers emphasize an alarming warning; potential side effects are raising concerns of a correlation between antidepressants and teen suicide.