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Saturday, February 26, 2022

What's Happening to America's Children?

Children are struggling. Over the past decade, cases of anxiety increased by 20 percent or more. Rates of suicide and suicidal thinking have risen sharply among young people of all ages--including, horrifyingly, children under 11. Scholars debate why this is happening--plausible culprits include social media, video gaming, helicopter parenting, school shootings and lockdown drills, overwhelming college pressure, and both the over-and under-prescribing of medication. [COVID fears, mask wearing, and gender and racial politics have added to the problem.]

Scott Stossell, The New York Times Book Review, October, 6, 2019

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