The number of adolescents hospitalized in the United States for thinking about or attempting suicide has doubled in less than a decade, new research shows, a sign that anxiety and depression are taking hold of America’s youth.
Suicide-related teen hospitalizations accounted for 0.66 percent of all hospital visits in 2008. But by 2015, that figure had more than doubled, to almost 2 percent, according to a study published Wednesday in Pediatrics.
The findings showed that in 2008 through 2015, nearly 116,000 children aged 5 to 17 were seen at 31 hospitals, either for having suicidal thoughts or for attempted suicide. Two-thirds were girls.
Suicide is now the third leading cause of death among American adolescents, the study authors noted.
Increases were seen across all ages, but was particularly high among teens aged 15 to 17, who accounted for more than half of all the cases.
The findings “are not surprising,” and that “colleges have also…