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Excess screen time linked with depression, suicidal behaviors in teens

Excess screen time linked with depression, suicidal behaviors in teens

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Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Researchers believe excess screen time may be increasing symptoms of depression, as well as suicide-related behaviors and thoughts, among teens in the United States.Scientists found the link between depression and time spent in front of TVs, tablets and phones was especially strong among teenage girls."These increases in mental health issues among teens are very alarming," Jean Twenge, psychology professor at San Diego State University, said in a news release. "Teens are telling us they are struggling, and we need to take that very seriously."According to data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate for females between the ages of 13 and 18 increased 65 percent from 2010 to 2015.Researchers compared the data with a pair of anonymo...