Eighteen percent teenagers are in the grip of Depression – Medical experts

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Recent studies conducted by the medical on children have revealed that depression was on increase among school going children and 18% children suffered from depression syndromes. Students,  up to class twelfth were included in the study.

The study was conducted by the Indian Psychiatric Society during the past two years among the children between the age group of eight to twelve years and  twelve to seventeen years.

 Referring to the report, Dr Mohan Dhyani an associate professor at the Guru Ramrai Medical College Dehradoon said that it was found that about eighteen percent students of different standards were found suffering from depression syndromes.

Dr Dhyani  said this at the 39th annual convention of the Indian Psychiatric Society of Central Zone held at the Chattrapati Sahu Ji Maharaj University (CSJMU).

He said, besides hereditary factors, addiction of internet and mobile were also among the chief causes of putting children under depression.

He suggested that parents should not ignore if the child is hyper active, aggressive and avoided going to school as these were the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyper Psychiatric and such children needed the help of psychiatrics and counselors.

It has been observed that the symptoms of depression gets developed in a child during the fifth and sixth years of age and continue to grow rapidly if left untreated.

Parents must have close interaction with the children and should not leave them in isolation. They should also maintain a close watch over the changes in the behavior of the child, he suggested.

Children with depression syndromes could be treated through the Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Inter-Personal Therapy, Dr Dhyani said.

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