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Teen depression serious problem worldwide

July 4, 2014|Child & Adolescent

A recent report by the World Health Organization indicates that depression in teenagers is a significant problem around the world. Depression is the leading cause of illness and disability in teens. And, depression results in suicide, which is the 3rd leading cause of death in teens.

The WHO also stated that much more focus is needed on the mental health and overall health of teenagers. Importantly, 50% of people with a mental disorder experienced their first symptom by the age of 14. This highlights the need for much earlier treatment for mental health problems.

While the need for more mental health services for adolescents is apparent, there is still a shortage of child psychologists and psychiatrists. CPA is working to add child and adolescent psychologists and mental health providers.

Excerpt from report and link to report below:

Globally, depression is the number 1 cause of illness and disability in this age group, and suicide ranks number 3 among causes of death. Some studies show that half of all people who develop mental disorders have their first symptoms by the age of 14. If adolescents with mental health problems get the care they need, this can prevent deaths and avoid suffering throughout life.

via WHO | WHO calls for stronger focus on adolescent health.

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