TEENS AND DEPRESSION
Susanna Schrobsdorff’s Nov. 7 cover story on adolescent anxiety and depression sparked an outpouring of commentary, much of which stressed that the issue wasn’t on kids alone. Adults shouldn’t “let ourselves off the hook by blaming the Internet, or even the economy” when dysfunction in public life has left kids without good role models, wrote retired teacher A. Lynn Buschhoff of Denver. Adolescent counselor Tom Erney of Gainesville, Fla., agreed, saying grownups should be aware of how they contribute to teen stress. “We adults are the problem,” he said.
Some psychologists–like Timothy Teague of Waterford, Va., who called the piece “excellent, informative and helpful”–suggested ways to help, like reminding teens and families that, beyond grades, there are a “variety of paths to success.” High school student Ishaan Dey of Clifton, Va., affirmed the value of tuned-in adults, lauding his school’s work to build a healthy community in which “each teacher, janitor and principal knows we have just as many emotional needs as physical.”
Meanwhile, parent and social worker Deborah Zionts of Chicago, while applauding TIME’s coverage, wished there’d been more diversity in the subjects shown. The story “missed the opportunity,” she wrote, to document that “depression and anxiety also exist within the 50% of the U.S. adolescent population that is male, and 33% that is not white.”
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Following a year of record heat, the National Weather Service is predicting a wide range of temperatures across the U.S. this winter (above). TIME has turned that forecast into a graphic look at the cold–or not so cold–months to come. See more, plus precipitation and drought maps, at time.com/winter-2016
TIME’s photo team scoured the archives to present the lives of Hillary Clinton (left, in 1960) and Donald Trump (right, at age 4) in pictures. See more at time.com/ClintonGallery and time.com/TrumpGallery
50 BEST APPS
Of all the smartphone apps that were released, redesigned or especially hot in 2016, which ones stand out? Find the TIME tech team’s unranked top-50 list–which includes the three below–at time.com/2016-apps
iPhone and Android, free
Cash-allergic millennials are increasingly reliant on this money-sending app, which, like Google, has turned into a ubiquitous verb (as in, “just Venmo me”).
iPhone and Android, $2.99
The ethereal shape puzzles from this trippy app are strenuous but accessible, and accompanied by cool, hypnotic tunes.
iPhone (with Apple Watch app), $3.99
A winner of an Apple Design Award for its revamped 2016 look, Streaks helps users (via phone or watch) conquer bad habits and develop up to six healthy routines by offering gentle reminders.
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This appears in the November 14, 2016 issue of TIME.