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Aug 08

Children’s Mental Health — Did You Know?

  • As many as 1 in 10 youth suffer from an anxiety disorder.
  • It is estimated that 5% of children have a form of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). More boys than girls; it is the leading cause of referral to mental health professionals.
  • Recent studies show that as many as 1 in every 33 children may have depression, among adolescents, the ratio may be as high as 1 in 8. Boys appear to suffer earlier in childhood. During adolescence, the illness becomes more prevalent among girls.
  • Studies show that about 15-43% of girls and 14-43% of boys go through at least one trauma. Of these children and teens who have had a trauma, 3-15% of girls and 1-6% of boys develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • It is estimated that each year in the United States, 1 in every 750 infants is born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, while another 40,000 are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
  • According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20% of kids between the ages of 3 and 17 have some sort of mental disorder.
  • The most common diagnosis is ADHD, but other prevalent issues include behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse, and autism spectrum disorder.
  • Suicide remains the second leading cause of death among kids ages 12 to 17.
  • Although incidences of many mental disorders such as autism are increasing, the authors note that this may be due to a combination of increased diagnosis, better access to information and decreased stigma.