The Reality of Depression
Depression is a very significant issue worldwide in people of all ages. It is estimated that up to 7% of adolescents have been diagnosed with depression. It affects about 20% of teens by the time they are adults. It is the third leading cause of death in the US in people age 10-24 years old. Depression is the leading cause of disability for people six years old and up.
A study recently published by JAMA Psychiatry found that adolescents age 12-15 years who spent more than 3 hours a day on social media were twice as likely to experience depression, anxiety, loneliness, aggression or antisocial behavior.
The good news: A recent study showed that transitioning from a high fat and sugar diet to a Mediterranean diet decreased the incidence of depression.