By Larry Johnson
The Centers for Disease Control says the rates of depression and anxiety are skyrocketing, especially among relatively young people.
That’s bad, but it’s not particularly shocking.
We have a pandemic that has killed about 170,000 Americans, a tanking economy, a president who tweets instead of providing solutions, and a loss of hope across the board. How would it feel to be cut off from friends and family at the same time you were trying to get a job and start a career right now?
Bad enough that the CDC says 25 percent of recent survey participants who are 18-24 years old have considered suicide in the recent past.
Here is a link to the study: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6932a1.htm?s_cid=mm6932a1_w#contribAff
Other key findings include that 41 percent of participants have experienced one or more mental health symptoms. Not too surprisingly, 31 percent experienced symptoms of anxiety or depression. Another 13 percent either started smoking pot or drinking, or smoked and/or drank more than they did before this damned mess started.
In the 18-24-year-old age group, depression/anxiety symptoms were reported by 63 percent of respondents, 25 percent reported substance abuse problems, and 25 percent considered suicide within the month before the survey, which ended in June.
In comaprision, in a national survey conducted in 2018, about 14% of young adults had reported an episode of major depression and 11% reported serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.
This is way, way too many people feeling way, way too bad. And this isn’t some fly-by-night survey done by some biased group to generate Twitter clicks. This is the CDC, and 5,400 folks responded.
I won’t even address questions of “why” because it’s too obvious. The mess that the world’s in right now isn’t doing much for ANYone’s hopefulness.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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