Caixin
Mar 24, 2022 04:57 AM
CHINA

In Depth: What’s Behind China’s Growing Problem With Child Depression

The rate of depression among Chinese adolescents approached 25% in 2020, of which more than 7% of cases qualified as severe, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences’s Institute of Psychology. Photo: VCG
The rate of depression among Chinese adolescents approached 25% in 2020, of which more than 7% of cases qualified as severe, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences’s Institute of Psychology. Photo: VCG

Cao Qingjiu and his colleagues at Peking University Sixth Hospital see working overtime as the norm. As one of fewer than 500 psychiatrists in China focused on children and adolescents, he has a heavy caseload of depressed young people. They account for 70% of the department’s outpatients, he told Caixin.

Not only have case numbers climbed, especially since the pandemic, but children are being hospitalized in growing numbers.

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