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The Serbsky Institute announced an increase in depressive conditions in children and adolescents in Russia - Moscow 24, 04/01/2021

April 01, 2021, 07:15 depression in children and adolescents in Russia in recent years. The incidence rate increased especially among adolescents aged 15 to 17 years.

"We can confirm a certain increase in depressive conditions in childhood and adolescence in recent years," Alexander Kozlov, deputy general director for research and strategic development of the Federal State Budgetary Institution "NMITs PN named after VP Serbsky" told Moscow.

According to the Institute, between 2016 and 2019, the incidence of affective disorders in children under the age of 14 increased by 8.9%. Out of 100,000 children in this age group, about five people have a similar disease.

In adolescents aged 15 to 17, this figure increased much more, by 70.6%.

In 2016, for every 100 thousand adolescents, 25 people had affective disorders, in 2019 - already 42 people.

Over the three-year period from 2016 to 2019, the number of children with affective disorders under the age of 14 increased in five federal districts of the Russian Federation: in the Central (by 5%), North-Western (27.6%), Volga (43, 2%), Siberian (80.8%). In the Urals region, the incidence increased by more than 2 times - by 122.1%. At the same time, the indicator decreased in three districts: Southern, North Caucasian and Far Eastern.

Among adolescents aged 15 to 17, the indicator increased in all districts except for the North Caucasus.

At the same time, the Serbsky Institute emphasized that these figures not only reflect the level of morbidity, but also indicate the work of psychiatric services.

Monitoring and statistical indicators reflect not only the problem of depression, but also the actual activity of the psychiatric service in providing specialized assistance to the child and adolescent population of the country.

Alexander Kozlov

Deputy General Director for Research and Strategic Development Federal State Budgetary Institution "NMITs PN named after V. P. Serbsky"

In turn, a psychotherapist of the highest category, Alexander Fedorovich, agrees that depression and bipolar disorders are being diagnosed more often now. According to the expert, in the teenage group, such indicators may be associated with the tightening of the Unified State Examination and the fear of children before this exam.

There is a tendency for the importance of the USE to increase. The teacher gives nightmares to parents, and they give nightmares to children. There is such a trend, and it is very powerful.

Alexander Fedorovich

psychotherapist of the highest category

"15-17 years is the age of puberty, when, in principle, a powerful hormonal background takes away almost everything. And hormones are always mood," Fedorovich noted. In addition, he drew attention to the fact that social discrimination can occur between children due to different social levels. "All this leads to the fact that the growth of affective states in the direction of depression will increase," the expert believes.

Child psychologist Natalya Naumova suggested that such disorders in modern children may occur due to the large flow of information that they cannot cope with. In addition, it is no longer enough for children to say "everything will be fine": today they consider it a devaluation of their problems.

If earlier, when parents told a child “everything will be fine”, he took it calmly, now children are very offended by this, because they become more psychologically literate, they take information on the Internet, while there is still little life experience .

Natalya Naumova

child psychologist

Naumova noted that children are very painful when their parents condemn or ridicule them. “When a child receives condemnation from parents instead of support, he closes himself and then solves his problems with strangers. And then affective disorders appear, because the child is already driven into an emotional funnel,” the psychologist said.

In situations where a child shares some information, the psychologist recommends not to show his sharply negative opinion, but to listen calmly and support. Then carefully ask him questions so that in the process of discussion the child himself comes to the conclusion how to get out of this situation. The child should not feel either condemnation or devaluation of their problems, Naumova emphasized.

Previously, experts told how to recognize depression. Signs of the disease may include a decrease in mood, a disorder of thinking and a decrease in motor activity

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The teenage years are often a very difficult time for children and their parents. This period is very important for mental well-being. Let's figure out what features of a teenager's behavior you should pay attention to and when to see a doctor.

People of all ages experience sadness, irritability, or low energy from time to time. Such feelings are considered normal, but if the negative does not disappear and does not weaken for a long time, this is a reason to contact a specialist. In the case of a child, this condition can mean depression. It is treatable, but it is not always easy to recognize even a specialist.

How serious is this in general?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is one of the leading causes of morbidity and disability among adolescents worldwide, with about 10-20% of them experiencing mental health problems but not being diagnosed and treated.

Who is at risk?

The reasons for the development of depression in adolescents are different and are determined individually in each specific situation. A person is made vulnerable by emotional, social, as well as physical factors: violence and abuse, social status among peers, family well-being, school or university performance.

Some teenagers are at higher risk for depression. This problem concerns children with chronic diseases or other neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders. At risk are adolescents who have become parents or entered into early marriage, as well as ethnic minorities.

Maybe my child is just lazy and doesn't want to do anything? Or just upset? How to understand that he is really bad?

Depression is not a condition that can be overcome by willpower. This is a persistent lack of interest in any activity, which is accompanied by a feeling of sadness. Often, this condition can cause suicidal thoughts, sleep and wake disturbances, and even physical symptoms such as headaches and stomach pains, and a constant feeling of fatigue. It may seem that a person is lazy, does not want to do anything, in fact, he will be in a state of apathy, which is one of the symptoms of depression.

Very often, depression is disguised as mood swings, and sometimes the teenager himself does not make contact, isolates himself from family and friends and does not want to talk about his mood. Such a condition should not be ignored, because it can result in serious consequences - antisocial behavior or in the worst case, for example, a suicide attempt.

You should not immediately try on labels on a teenager, because he may be sick, which is why it is so important to be aware of the symptoms of depression and communicate with your child. Gently bring him to the conversation, position him towards you, let him know that you are on his side and you care. Start a conversation with these phrases:

1. "Let's talk to you about this, it's important to me."

2. "Let's think about how we can solve this problem. "

3. "You mean a lot to me, I'm worried about your condition."

What should you pay attention to?

First and most importantly, depression can manifest itself in different ways in different children and it does not proceed in the same way as in adults. Adults with depressive disorder are more likely to experience sadness, children and adolescents behave angry and irritable. Also, a sharp decline in grades at school often begins, changes in normal behavior are observed. Here are some wake-up calls:

defiant, reckless behavior, abrupt changes in behavior;

· irritability and anger;

Complaints of pain in the head or abdomen;

insomnia or, conversely, too much sleep;

fatigue, lack of energy;

decrease in appetite, loss or, conversely, a set of overweight;

· anxiety;

reduced physical activity;

Difficulties in making decisions;

Lack of concentration

Feelings of guilt or worthlessness

Thoughts of death or suicide;

aloof behavior

The use of psychoactive substances, alcohol;

the child cries for no reason;

increased sensitivity to criticism;

feeling of hopelessness and helplessness.

Which doctor treats depression?

Depressive disorders are dealt with by psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and sometimes psychologists. Unlike SARS, which in most cases can be dealt with on your own at home, depression requires mandatory monitoring by a doctor, since the causes of the disease are different. Hence the different treatments.

As a rule, adolescents are prescribed medication, psychotherapy, and are also given recommendations for changing their lifestyle. Normalization of sleep and wakefulness, sports, balanced nutrition - all these simple things can really do their bit in the fight against depressive disorder.

How long will the treatment last?

Overcoming depression can take time, in this regard, unfortunately, no guarantees can be made on the timing. According to this, treatment should be continued for 4-6 months after remission, as shorter periods lead to an increased risk of depression recurrence. Therefore, a teenager will need a lot of support.

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