More young people are being diagnosed with depression

March 05, 2019 - 3:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There is a growing amount of young people who have been diagnosed with depression.

Some argue whether these are new cases of depression or quite simply more cases being diagnosed, but whatever the answer to that question may be, the fact remains that the numbers have risen.

As a result, more studies are being performed related to the impact of depression on young people. According to the latest study, children with depression may do worse at school because their memory is altered.

According to the researcher, the mental health condition appears to affect young people's ability to remember and use information. 

Additional work from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London has found that a working memory, or short-term memory, seems to be affected the most.