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Teens are suffering from anxiety more than depression

Courtesy N.Y. Times

The cover story of tomorrow's N.Y. Times Magazine, "More American Teenagers Than Ever [Are] Suffering From Severe Anxiety," is this week's most-read story on NYTimes.com:

  • What's new: "Over the last decade, anxiety has overtaken depression as the most common reason college students seek counseling services."
  • Key stat: "In 1985, the Higher Education Research Institute at U.C.L.A. began asking incoming college freshmen if they 'felt overwhelmed by all I had to do' during the previous year. In 1985, 18 percent said they did. By 2010, that number had increased to 29 percent. Last year, it surged to 41 percent."
  • Why it matters: "[H]ospital admissions for suicidal teenagers [doubled] over the last 10 years, with the highest rates occurring soon after they return to school each fall ... [H]igh school administrators across the country ... report a glut of anxious, overwhelmed students."