CBS News talks to Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers about Teen Depression.
At any one time, nearly six percent of American teens are clinically depressed. That’s about two million a year, and many of them don’t get the help they need, reports CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker.
Now, a government task force is asking doctors to check all teenagers for depression regularly.
Behind the statistics are teens like 18-year-old Taryn. She felt so depressed, anxious and isolated in 9th grade, she started using hard drugs and ended up in rehab at Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers.
“It was just getting so out of control that I couldn’t wake up and have a normal day anymore,” Taryn says.