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"For Some Teens, It’s Been a Year of Anxiety and Trips to the E.R."

By Benedict Carey

New York Times, Feb. 23, 2021.

During the pandemic, suicidal thinking is up. And families find that hospitals can’t handle adolescents in crisis.

Surveys and statistics show that for young people who are anxious by nature, or feeling emotionally fragile already, the pandemic and its isolation have pushed them to the brink. Rates of suicidal thinking and behavior are up by 25 percent or more from similar periods in 2019, according to a just-published analysis of surveys of young patients coming into the emergency room.

For these teenagers, there aren’t many places to turn. They need help, but it’s hard to come up with a psychiatric diagnosis. 

Finally, when a crisis hits, many of these teenagers end up in the local emergency department — the one place desperate families so often go for help.

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