In South Korea, nearly 210,000 children and teenagers visited a hospital for depression or anxiety disorders since 2019, data from the National Health Insurance Service revealed.
According to Yonhap News Agency, a total of 209,565 students under the age of 18 sought medical attention for depression or anxiety disorders between 2019 and early 2022, according to data submitted to ruling People’s Power Party representative Kim Byong-wook. did. ().
According to the report, only at the beginning of 2022, this figure reached 46,504 people.
Depression in Korean children
By type of illness, 135,068 teens received treatment for depression and 74,497 for anxiety disorders over four years.
High school students, or teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18, make up the majority of patients at 63.8 percent.
“Mental health problems that occur during a person’s teenage years can affect an individual’s family, social and work life in adulthood,” Kim said.
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