Children and teenagers are more depressed and anxious today than they ever have been. More and more children and teenagers fit the criteria for a mental disorder. Children and teenagers are more unhappy then children and teenagers were in the 1950s. Children and teenagers were also happier during tne great depression, World War II and the cold war. As far as mental health goes we are going backwards, for forward. Children are getting more and more unhappy.
According to studies, kids today are more depressed than ever with a consistently increasing number of high school and college students being diagnosed with major depression or anxiety disorders.
One hypothesis is that generational increases in depression and anxiety are caused by the decrease in opportunities for free play combined with an increase in time allotted for schooling.
According to one study, children’s lowest levels of happiness occurred when they were at school, versus their highest when they were interacting or playing with friends.
"Today, by at least some estimates, five to eight times as many high school and college students meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or anxiety disorder as was true half a century or more ago."