More and more depressed children in clinics


More children and adolescents with depression in clinics
15.03.2014

More and more depressed children and adolescents end up in Thuringian hospitals. As the health insurance company DAK announced, the number had more than tripled within twelve years. The number of inpatient treatments for depressed children and adolescents has even increased six-fold across Germany.

Hospital stays tripled More and more children and adolescents have to be treated with depression in Thuringian clinics. As the health insurance company DAK announced on Friday, the number of hospital stays for depressed children and adolescents in Thuringia more than tripled within twelve years. 208 girls and boys between the ages of ten and 19 had to be treated in hospital in 2012. In 2000 there were only 61. The DAK referred the data to data from the Federal Statistical Office.

More girls than boys affected The increase in Thuringia was not quite as dramatic as in Germany, where the numbers have increased six-fold in the same period. As in all other federal states, there were significantly more women than men affected in the Free State. The proportion of girls and young women was 67.8 percent, the national average. Experts see various reasons for the continuous increase, for example improved diagnostics. But a change in how society deals with depression is also noticeable.

School burdens have increased significantly "Today it is no longer a blemish if someone falls ill with depression," said Steffi Steinicke, head of state for Thuringia according to the Neue Nordhäuser Zeitung. The increasing pressure to perform is another reason for the massive growth rates. "School pressure has increased significantly," said Steinicke. There is no valid explanation for the gender imbalance. However, it is assumed that gender-specific role models place a greater strain on girls and young women than on male peers.

Symptoms are part of adolescent self-discovery, lack of concentration, lack of concentration, lack of self-confidence or psychosomatic problems are some typical symptoms that occur with this disease. However, many psychological symptoms can also be a normal part of adolescent self-discovery, such as extreme mood swings, aggressive behavior and declining school performance. However, if physical symptoms such as persistent headaches, weight loss or sleep disorders occur, parents should seek professional help. Specialized psychotherapists or specialists in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy can be considered as experts.

Depression is easy to treat today Depression in childhood and adolescence is still too often overlooked by medical experts. "You often dismiss it as a pubertal mood depression," says Steinicke. Often, however, there is a disease in need of treatment, which affects every 20 adolescents up to the age of 18 on average. Depression can last from a few weeks to years. The disease is easy to treat today and the risk that the disease will take a chronic course decreases with early treatment. Depression could usually be treated on an outpatient basis. Experts only recommend a hospital stay if there are serious indications such as the risk of suicide. (ad)

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