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Mental Health Issues Now Affecting 1 in 7 Kids in the U.S.

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A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics and covered in News Medical Life Science reviewed a study regarding increased mental health issues in children.  The study states that one in seven children are affected by some type of mental health issue.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan reviewing the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health.  The survey was taken by parents of children and adolescents between the ages of 6-18. The results showed 7.7 million children had at least one mental health condition.

The mental health conditions included:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders

It was reported that the prevalence of mental health conditions in children vary from state to state:

  • In Hawaii, 7.6 percent of children are suffering from one of these mental health conditions
  • In Maine, 27.2 percent of children are suffering from one of these mental health conditions

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