Youth Depression

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Youth Depression Youth depression is affecting one fifth of the youth in our society and is still going unnoticed under-diagnosed or ignored.

Report to the Minister of Youth Affairs On the issues affecting the youth of today.

Youth Culture 1.0 Depression is affecting one fifth of the youth in society. Recent studies in the U.S. have shown that greater than 20% of adolescents in the general population have emotional problems, and one-third of the youth attending psychiatric clinics are being treated for depression. This astounding figure is on the increase every year and despite this large number, depression in teenagers is going greatly under-diagnosed.

1.1 This report is a result of the increase in teenage depression and a misunderstanding and confusion about youth and depression. There is an urgent need to put a stop to the melancholy that teenagers are suffering.

1.2 The major issue in this report is the fact that depression in youth is affecting one-fifth of the youth in our society and still is being unnoticed, under-diagnosed or ignored.

This report will also cover the fact that teenagers are becoming more and more depressed. Every year there is a steady increase in the number of teenagers that are becoming depressed.

1.3 Many conclusions have been reached through much research on the Internet, in books, study of documents and other reports, and contacts by phone. A phone interview with a kids help line counsellor gave excellent insight into many issues. This report will cover, all findings and research found through this phone conversation and from other sources of information, and common questions that are constantly asked about the mental Illness depression.

2.0 In Australia, 15% of youth are depressed, which has increased significantly in the last two years. In the U.S. 20% of youth are depressed. In...

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