Mental Health and our Children

February 4, 2019

With mental health disorders on the rise, is enough being done to address the impact it is having on our children? After all, if these conditions are not uncovered and treated early our children will grow up to be tomorrow's depressed and anxious adults. This will in turn have a significant impact on their ability to function in today's highly demanding society. 

 

How can we teach our children to effectively communicate to us when they are feeling depressed or anxious? Could they even understand what is going on? For me, even in my twenties I did not have a clear understanding of what was happening to me so it's hard to believe that a child would know what was happening either.

 

Take a look at some of the stats below provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

 

ADHD, behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children


•  9.4% of children aged 2-17 years (approximately 6.1 million) have received an ADHD diagnosis.


•  7.4% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.5 million) have a diagnosed behavior problem.


•  7.1% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety.


•  3.2% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 1.9 million) have diagnosed depression.

 

Depression and anxiety have increased over time


• “Ever having been diagnosed with either anxiety or depression” among children aged 6–17 years increased from 5.4% in 2003 to 8% in 2007 and to 8.4% in 2011–2012.


• “Ever having been diagnosed with anxiety” increased from 5.5% in 2007 to 6.4% in 2011–2012.


• “Ever having been diagnosed with depression” did not change between 2007 (4.7%) and 2011-2012 (4.9%).

 

Rates of mental disorders change with age


• Diagnoses of depression and anxiety are more common with increased age.


• Behavior problems are more common among children aged 6–11 years than children younger or older.

 


 

 

The rates of mental illness are especially higher for children living below the poverty line. As a parent, this is very concerning. We want our kids to grow up to be healthy and productive adults but are we doing enough to give them the opportunity?

 

Please join our forum and lend your voice to this very important conversation. The more we know today the better we will be tomorrow.
 

 

For the full statistics check out the link below:
https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/data.html

 

 

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