Yourwellness Magazine Explores Child Mental Health Problems

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With a new report saying that one in five American children under the age of 17 has a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, Yourwellness Magazine looked at a study which found a significant rise in UK children’s short-term mental health hospital admissions.

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According to a new federal report, which supplements the May 17th issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, as many as one in five American children under the age of 17 has a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the most common mental disorder among children aged three through 17 is ADHD. Nearly 7%, or one in 15 children, in that age group have a current diagnosis. (http://www.cdc.gov/features/childrensmentalhealth/)

Ruth Perou, the team leader for child development studies at the CDC, commented, “We are seeing increases across the board in a lot of mental disorders. We don't know if it's due to greater awareness, or if these conditions actually are going up.” She added, “The good news is that mental disorders are diagnosable and treatable. If we act early, we can really make a huge difference in children's live and in families' lives overall.” (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6202a1.htm?s_cid=su6202a1_w)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine reported on a study which found that the rate of children being hospitalised for mental illness has skyrocketed over the last decade, jumping by 80% for five to 13-year-olds and by 42% for older teens. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “the adult and geriatric rates of mental wellbeing have remained relatively steady or even improved, but this is significantly not the case for young people.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/04/why-have-child-mental-illness-hospitalisations-skyrocketed/)

Based on data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey, the study, which appears in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found that short-term mental health hospital admissions rose from 156 to 283 per 100,000 children per year over the ten-year study period, and from 683 to 969 per 100,000 in teenagers. Yourwellness Magazine explained that the results have called into question the ability of outpatient community resources, such as child guidance clinics, to keep up with the enormity of the problem of volatile child behaviour.

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