Nearly one in three kids ages 13 to 18 now meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder (2018, NIH). 32% of teens report persistent feelings of sadness or loneliness (2018, CDC).
There are many factors that contribute to this escalation. There is screen addiction and the constant comparison to unrealistically “perfect” lives of peers on social media. There is bullying, school shootings, lack of sleep, the pressure to achieve, the media and political turmoil. (more…)