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Depression Is a Deadly Growing Threat to Our Youth: Time to Rally

In this month’s issue of Pediatrics, researchers sound an alarm with two critical public health updates. Depression is significantly on the rise in adolescents, with a 12-month prevalence of 11.3 percent in 2014 versus 8.7 percent in 2005. Furthermore, despite this disturbing development, the percentage of young people with a history of past-year major depressive episodes seen by primary care providers for depression care is only 10 percent and has not appreciably budged in the past decade.

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