Today, depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, which can already begin in childhood and adolescence and can lead to severe psychosocial disturbance or even suicide. According to the figures of the World Health Organization WHO, more than 300 million people are suffering from a depression, which amounts to more than four percent of the world population. For Germany, the estimated number of people with depression in 2017 was at 4.1 million, which is 5.2 percent of the population. About 4.6 million people suffer from anxiety disorder. Despite many diagnostic methods, especially in children and adolescence, the disease is often only detected very late, which is why less than half of the affected children and adolescence receive appropriate treatment.
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