Over the past five years, South Korea has seen a rise in the number of people seeking medical attention for symptoms of depression. This is reported by KBS with reference to data from the Korea Institute for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Health Insurance.
According to published data, from 2017 to 2021, the number of people applying to medical institutions increased by 35.1% – from 691 thousand to 933 thousand people.
It is known that over the past five years, this indicator among people aged 20-29 years old has increased by 127.1%, 10-19 years old – by 90.2%, up to 10 years old – by 70.2%, from 30 to 39 years old — by 67.3%.
If in 2017 the largest proportion of patients with depression was in persons aged 60-69 years (18.7%), then in 2021 their place was taken by persons aged 20-29 years (19%).