The easy availability of temptations, combined with constant stress, is taking its toll on a whole generation

Here’s a story that is not about Trump or Brexit. But this could be worse, with even direr consequences. Addiction is up. Depression is up. Death is up. In America, we have seen a decline in our life expectancy for the first time since 1993. But this is not just happening in the US – death rates are up in the UK, Germany and China.

At the same time, suicide rates in teenagers have reached an all-time high and continue to climb. After their introduction in 1987, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) prescriptions in the US quintupled over the ensuing 15 years and doubled over the next 10. Recently, SSRI prescriptions have declined slightly as marijuana use has increased following legalisation in many states – it’s easier to procure an over-the-counter drug than a prescription one.

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