Voice of the White House
July 20, 2017
Washington, D.C.: Here are some depressing figures sent to us by a reader who thought they might be of interest. No source was quoted, but we checked on the figures and they appear to be correct (and depressing):
One out of every four women in the United States are taking antidepressants.
In 2010, the average teen in the US was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs. Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as attention deficit disorder and depression.
Suicide has now actually surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of 'injury death' in the United States.
More American soldiers killed themselves than were killed in combat last year.
One-third of American employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all millennials (18 to 33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder.
28 million Americans have a drinking problem and about 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.
People in the US are tied with the UK for the highest average number of hours spent watching television: 28 hours per person per week.
One out of every three children in America lives in a home without a father.
For women under the age of 30 living in the United States, more than half of all babies are born out of wedlock.
The United States has the highest child abuse death rate in the developed world.
In the United States today, it is estimated that one out of every four girls is sexually abused before they become adults.
It is estimated that about one out of every six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes.
One out of every four teen girls in the US has at least one sexually transmitted disease.
America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a very wide margin.