ISSN 2344 – 1283, ISSN CD-ROM 2344 – 1291, ISSN ONLINE 2344 – 1305, ISSN-L 2344 – 1283


Published in Scientific Papers. Series "Journal of Young Scientist", Vol. 9
Written by Serena-Andreea BUCUR, Marius BUICA

Depression is a mental disorder that affects more than 300 million people worldwide, which makes it one of the most common mental disorders. At the moment, psychological distress among teenagers looks to be on an increasing scale. Adolescence is a developmental phase of adaption to diversity and life problems, and so, adolescents are more likely to develop mental disorders. Also, stressful, and unwanted situations, such as the Covid-19 outbreak increase the risk of mental illnesses appearing. Based on a poll conducted by UNICEF in 2020 on 8444 adolescents, 46% reported symptoms of depression such as less motivation for activities they usually enjoyed, or less motivation to do regular chores that was reported by 36% of them. And especially because this life period involves so many changes in teenagers, natural treatment is a recommended way to treat depression, without affecting other anatomical processes inside the body. Studies have shown that there is a lot of natural, plant-based medication that has high efficiency in curing depression. Also, recent research shows that there is an increased interest in finding and developing natural and efficient treatments for depression and other associated diseases, especially for teenagers. This paper aims to provide an overview of the Covid 19 pandemic, and also of the measures that were adopted by the authorities worldwide to limit the spread of infection, which can be possible causes of the increased number of teenagers affected by depression, and also the assessment of the possibilities of using plant-based medication for the treatment of this disease.

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