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January 13, 2022

Anxiety and depression comprise more than 40% of mental-health disorders among adolescents.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in eastern Europe and Central Asia and the second-highest cause in Western Europe and North America. An article published by the CDC states that “as of 2011-2012, more than 1 in 20, or 2.6 million, U.S. children aged 6-17 years had current anxiety or depression that had previously been diagnosed by a healthcare provider.” Data shows that slightly more boys than girls have a diagnosis of anxiety or depression. About 1 in 5 children with current anxiety and depression did not receive mental health treatment in the past year.

Diagnoses and symptoms describe the patient, but they say next to nothing about the person. Every single person has a different source for their diagnosis. They all deserve time and to be seen beyond their history and past confrontations. People retain their illnesses because some doctors use these past and present confrontations to not give the person the care they need, potentially causing depression and other mental issues.

There are plenty of ways to keep your mental health in pristine condition. It can help to talk about your feelings when you feel troubled. Keep active. Eat well. Stay in touch with others. Ask for help. Take a break. Do something you’re good at. These ways will give you the ability to help to keep your focus on the more important things in your life.

As physical activity becomes a regular part of their lives, most people feel better over time. Without regular activity, your body may lose its ability to function properly. Exercise also increases muscle strength, which substantially increases your ability to do other physical activities.

People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about seven years longer than those who are not active. And the important part is that those extra years are generally healthier years. Staying active helps delay or prevent illnesses and diseases associated with aging, meaning that active adults maintain their quality of life as they get older.

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