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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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Author profile picture Petra Wiesmayer is a journalist and author who has conducted countless interviews with high-profile individuals and researched and written general entertainment, motorsports, and science articles for international publications. She is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.As an avid science fiction fan she is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.