Salem, OR: 'Today, more children are being diagnosed with depression or anxiety'

Sept 16, 2017, Salem (OR) Statesman Journal: Class sizes in Salem-Keizer schools are on the rise again This year, middle schools will see the largest increase, adding about one student per class for an average of 32 students. ... When a new student is added to her class, Manning said, she wishes the school would also bring a new desk, but there aren't enough resources available. When it comes to giving individualized attention to students with disabilities, or students deemed gifted and talented, she said, “someone’s needs aren’t being met." Depression can start as early as kindergarten and so be "aware of red flags that trigger child depression", according to doctors. … He noted that depression among children is so common that a US study found that it can start in children as young as three to five. "The study revealed that depression is in 0.5 per cent in children ages 3-5 years and 1.5 per cent in children ages 6-12, and 3.5 per cent from 12-17 years. It is common in both male and female, but usually more common in female by almost double the number after puberty, but pre-puberty it is exactly the opposite." … Dr Matlik said other risk factors include substance abuse, psychiatric diseases, autism, and any history of trauma to the brain. … "Today, more children are being diagnosed with depression or anxiety, but the main diagnoses with children remains as learning disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)."