'Not a place for any 12-year-old to be': New survey shows youth with anxiety on the rise

'Not a place for any 12-year-old to be': New survey shows youth with anxiety on the rise
From Global News - November 14, 2017

When Assia Messaoudi turned 12 years old, something changed.

It was hard for her to get out of bed and she always felt sad.

I started realizing I felt different from everyone else my age. I didnt want to go to school, Messaoudi said.

It just felt like a dark hole. Everything seemed like a struggle. Leaving the house, getting ready in the morningIt was just not a place for any 12-year-old to be.

Messaoudi said it all came to a head when she missed more than two weeks of school in a row.

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My mom told me Youve been in bed for two weeks. You need to go to school, Messaoudi recalled.

She was picking up my clothing for me and I just sat there. I was sitting in my bed and I was just crying.

Messaoudi is now 22 years old and she said 10 years ago, there wasnt the same awareness around mental health as there is now.

I didnt know what was wrong with me, she said.

It wasnt until two years later that Messauodi was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, but even then, she said she didnt receive the treatment she needed.

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I saw a doctor once but I didnt get any follow up and I was put on a wait list for two years, Messauodi said.

A survey released Tuesday by Childrens Mental Health Ontario in partnership with Ipsos polled Ontarians between the ages of 18 and 34.


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