By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans. And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly below the national average, many children, adolescents and adults in our area suffer from depressive disorders.
In fact, childhood and adolescent depression is on the rise, and a 2014 survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) found depression to be the number one disability and illness for adolescents worldwide. WHO’s survey also ranked suicide as the third leading cause of death worldwide for adolescents, following road/traffic injuries and HIV/AIDS, respectively. Moreover, research has shown that about half of those who suffer from mental health conditions later in life showed symptoms by 14 years of age. … Continue Reading