Pediatric Mental Health Hospitalizations On the Rise, Says Staten Island Pediatrician

In response to an article published by RT.com, Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Staten Island pediatric care center, says that mental health-related hospitalizations are on the rise amongst children.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) March 26, 2014

Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Staten Island pediatric care center, responds to an article published on March 18 by RT.com, which discusses the increasing number of children being hospitalized for mental health related issues.

According to an article published on March 18th by RT News titled “Mental health hospitalizations for children increased almost one-quarter,” approximately one out of 10 American children are receiving some form of mental health treatment. Depression is the leading cause, accounting for 44 percent of the hospitalization cases.

Dr. Naimo Bardach, the study’s leading author, says that 4 million children and adolescents have some form of mental illness, and about 10 percent of all children are currently getting treatment. Regardless of what the statistics reveal, more children are getting treated and receiving medical attention in comparison to prior years. The study’s report mentioned that the number of hospitalization has grown by almost 24 percent. Mental health issues like depression, bipolar disorder, and psychosis were the most common diagnoses for pediatric admissions.

Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Staten Island pediatric care center, expressed his concern with the current mental health status among American children and youth. “It’s discomforting to see this number increase. Another notable point is that more than two-thirds of the patients were brought in for depression.” Gabriel explains. “We, as professionals, can provide onsite diagnostics and treatment. However, parents need to continue to provide their children with everything they need to grow up and mature in a healthy manner. It is also important for them to remain vigilant of any warning signs that their children may be experiencing depression or any other mental health issues in order to keep it under control.”


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