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Why is Depression and Anxiety Increasing in Young Adults?

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The statistics are shocking and disturbing, to say the least. Out of a recent survey of 10,000 students at 13 of Washington’s two- and four-year institutions, nearly one-third report suffering from depression in the past year, 26 percent have reported anxiety, and more than 10 percent have had suicidal thoughts. Nearly four out of five college students report that emotional distress negatively impacts their academic performance.

These statistics seem to reflect nationwide numbers regarding the issue of collegiate depression. In the United States, as a matter of fact, suicide ranks as the second leading cause of death among individuals ages 15-34. And among young adults ages 18-25 years, 8.3 percent have harbored serious thoughts of suicide.

Depression and Anxiety Treatment For Young Adults

As alarming as these statistics may sound to someone with a young adult who has struggled with depression and anxiety in the past, please be assured that hope and help is available in the area of depression and anxiety treatment for young adults. And here’s how you can help:

  1. Stay active in their lives. Sure your kid is all grown up; a bright young adult set to take on and successfully complete a brilliant college career. Yet at heart your child does remain just that—your child. They still need your love and support, your visits and calls, your care packages and your listening ears. To put it more simply: just be there.
  2. Don’t be afraid to seek outside help for depression and anxiety treatment for young adults. Free telephone counseling is always available via the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; call 1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. And locally, help your student locate counseling services and hotlines available at their own schools.
  3. Tell your kid that it’s OK. Reassure your student that it’s OK to cry, to express themselves, to fail a test after studying hard, to lose a ballgame after practicing hard; just let them know that whatever happens, it’s not the end of the world–and that every loss or failure can double as a learning experience.
  4. Get involved. Join with other parents to promote depression and suicide awareness in your local community and government; even pushing for legislation that will provide more help resources for kids—and improved and enhanced depression and anxiety treatment for young adults.

Journey Home East can help

Journey Home East is a transitional program for females ages 16-21; one specifically designed to those who need ongoing support after the successful completion of an intensive treatment program. For more information, call (855) 290-9684.