The prevalence of anxiety and adolescent depression: Research Recent

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The prevalence of anxiety and adolescent depression: Research Recent ;

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) recently held its annual conference. The event was held in Chicago during the last three days of March 2014, and a number of respected psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists were present. Many of them present the latest research in the field of mental health.

One issue that remains of great importance is the treatment of adolescents diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Dr. Aaronson of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai presented in the prevalence of anxiety and depression in adolescents. The use of an evaluation tool that measures the incidence rates of anxiety and depression in adolescents, the following information was obtained. Indicates the presence of adolescent anxiety broken down to specific diagnoses:

  • Phobia – 19.3%
  • Social Anxiety – 9.1%
  • separation anxiety – 7.6%
  • PTSD – 5%
  • Panic disorder 2.3%
  • Generalized anxiety – 2.2%
  • Any anxiety disorder – 31.9%

regarding depression, the following statistics reveal the rate of occurrence of mood disorder in adolescents:

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  • major depression or dysthymia – 11.7%
  • Bipolar disorder (I or II) – 2.9%
  • Any disorder mood – 14.3%

generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a name given to those who experience excessive and irrational worry for at least six months diagnosis. Excessive anxiety interferes with the ability to function and usually consists of extreme anxiety of everyday affairs. major depressive disorder (MDD) it is considered to be a medical condition that includes symptoms of persistent sadness, loss of interest in daily activities, occupational and educational decline, in addition to the emotional and physical potential. Both of these psychological disorders usually affect the ability of a teenager to function at home, school and in relationships.

Overall, the prevalence of depression and anxiety are common and occurrence rates are only increasing. Some experts say it is Western culture itself, which focuses more on productivity versus personal relationships. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychological illness. According to Moretza and Karen Khaleghi, the book Anatomy of Addiction authors, 19.1 million adults suffer from anxiety, which translates to about 13.3 percent of the US population ., or about one in seven adults. In addition, Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports that one in eight children are affected by anxiety disorders.

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Often, the teenager is under depression anxiety, emotions that have been directed toward the underlying interior. Depression rates are also increasing worldwide. Worldwide, five percent of the population worldwide suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization. About 70 percent of all antidepressants sold in the world are sold in the United States, and 9 percent of American adults suffer from depression.

Unfortunately, psychological health is not well stressed society. Other forms of health, such as physical, are given importance, perhaps because it is visible and obvious to others. psychological health, however, can easily be done discreetly. One may look great, but feel very bad inside and nobody would know. Moreover, the psychological illness still has a stigma to admit that you have a mental illness, see a psychologist, or taking psychotropic medication easily deserves judgment. Hopefully, research and public education, the stigma of mental illness will decrease and may be paid more attention to where it is due.

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Perhaps this was the reason behind another presentation at the conference last month: how to improve your psychological health. In it, a psychologist from the list of components of good mental health: compassion, gratitude, humor, purpose, community, good nutrition and exercise. As more and more of the population gives his inner life more attention and incorporates the above components, adult rates adolescent anxiety and depression are likely to go down and not up.


Aaronson, C. (2014). The treatment of children, adolescents and adolescents with anxiety and depression. Retrieved April 22, 2014, front

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