America’s Teens Are Suffering: Inside the Adolescent Mental Health Crisis | Amanpour and Company


Social media is one factor on a long list that may be contributing to a mental health crisis among teens. While rates of anxiety and depression in this age group continue to rise, New York Times reporter Matt Richtel has spent more than a year interviewing American adolescents and their families. Richtel talked to Michel Martin about his series, “The Inner Pandemic,” and the latest installment just out this week which focuses on the impact of the crisis on teens of color. Originally aired on December 16, 2022 —————————————————————————————————————————————- Major support for Amanpour and Company is provided by the Anderson Family Charitable Fund, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim, III, Candace King Weir, Jim Attwood and Leslie Williams, Mark J. Blechner, Bernard and Denise Schwartz, Koo and Patricia Yuen, the Leila and Mickey Straus Family Charitable Trust, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jeffrey Katz and Beth Rogers, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation and Mutual of America. Subscribe to the Amanpour and Company. channel here: Subscribe to our daily newsletter to find out who’s on each night: For more from Amanpour and Company, including full episodes, click here: Like Amanpour and Company on Facebook: Follow Amanpour and Company on Twitter: Watch Amanpour and Company weekdays on PBS (check local listings). Amanpour and Company features wide-ranging, in-depth conversations with global thought leaders and cultural influencers on the issues and trends impacting the world each day, from politics, business and technology to arts, science and sports. Christiane Amanpour leads the conversation on global and domestic news from London with contributions by prominent journalists Walter Isaacson, Michel Martin, Alicia Menendez and Hari Sreenivasan from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. #amanpourpbs

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  1. Yes, a crisis playing out right before our eyes, in a word, DEATH. And not just media stories or everyday violence that kids are exposed to in let me count the ways – but you leave out ecological collapse and the catastrophic crisis with biodiversity? Do you think kids are idiots? And can’t see what adults are producing for their future, with everyday that goes by?? MASSIVE destruction!! With world wide planetary and catastrophic impacts!! Hello, we are about to cross not one, not two, not three, not four, but 5 freaking tipping points!! With unknown effects – other than its all really, really bad. And here’s an interesting fact you don’t mention about suicidal kids: it’s unprecedented!! Kids are traditionally the most resilient suicide demographic, but are now leading all the statistics, how come? “Hmm, I wonder, could it be the kids are a symptom of a wider problem that locates with the adults? Or that the real crisis is happening with the adults rather than with these stressed out kids? And that, maybe, the kids are the equivalent of the proverbial canary in the freaking TOXIC mine? Again, worth repeating because it’s an important academic talking point not mentioned: “Gee, I wonder, what could be happening with the kid’s social environment that is, somehow, impacting the traditional power and resiliency of childhood and adolescence, that, for the first time in human history, is driving them to despair and to kill themselves in ever greater increasing numbers??? To the point they now lead the freaking category when, historically, they always placed last!!” Hmmm, could it be, that maybe the real problem here or crisis is happening with us, the parents and grandparents? And that the kids are the equivalent of the SYMPTOM of the real problem, which is a distressingly inhuman culture?? That Produces far more preoccupation with death and observable destructive outcomes, than life events? Kids menstruating earlier, by the way, is a clear indicator that they are stressed out of their minds, worth mentioning, don’t you think? Kids that grow up in abusive homes tend to menstruate earlier, established science, folks!! That’s another indicator that points to what the freaking adults are doing or not doing – DUH!! Just horrible journalism, including from the Amanpour lady that has obviously not done her homework before the interview with this researcher who is, either a complete moron or in complete denial, or worse, a freaking placebo. Another betrayal of these kids by reckless and irresponsible adults doing important work, and arriving at all the wrong conclusions. What else is new.

  2. PUHleeeez…I was born in 1959. JFK, RFK, MLK, SLA, KKK, PLO. Munich 1972. Vietnam. Duck and Cover. 1968. Black panthers, pink panthers. Oil embargo. Inflation 18%. Interest rates 21%. Iranian Hostage Crisis. Henry Lee Lucas, John Wayne Gacey. The Weathermen. Silent spring. DDT, STP, LSD. Woodstock. Altamont. Moon landing. Manson. All before I was 20.

  3. A psychotherapist spends 45-60 minutes a week with an adolescent. Someone who prescribes is usually overwhelmed by treating too many patients and spends 15-20 minutes/month or less with their patients. There’no mechanism via health insurance to pay therapists to communicate w/ prescribers. Good therapists get a signed release from parents to do so anyway.

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