Childhood mental health disabilities on the rise

by adamt95 on September 12, 2014 - 11:58am

Childhood mental health disabilities has rose 16% over the past 10 years. While physical problems have actually decreased, there was a significant rise in mental health issues, such as ADHD and autism, these can also be classified as neurodevelopmental problems. It just so happens that children from poorer families had the highest rates of mental health issues. Also, children living in more affluent neighbourhoods, reported the largest increase in mental health problems, at around 28%. Not surprisingly, children living in more comfortablae economic situations had a lot easier of a time dealing with said mental health issues. Sadly, poorer people have other things to worry about other than mental health issues, such as putting food on the table. 

In my opinion, I think that this article does a good job of getting out the important facts and statistics of mental health issues amongst the youth. I think that the statistics are pretty belivable and not too biased in terms of talking about social classes amongst kids. It doesn't always matter if you're rich or poor when it comes to mental health issues. I think that it also falls a lot on the parents to pay more attention to their kids, who might be suffering. Healthy children grow up to be healthy adults. We have to be thinking about the future of the kids of the world. If we don't take care of these types of things, we will find a lot more kids turning to violence, as well as comitting suicide at very young ages. 

Comments

Very nice find, Adam! Money is very important here. (This is not the comment that should be marked. Check the summery on anorexia for that :P)

You did a great job at identifying the issue and how it has evolved over time. An element that I find interesting when talking about disorders such as ADHD and autism is over diagnosing. Over the past years, as you wrote, the number of children diagnosed with one of these mental issues has increased and this is not only because experts have become better at detecting them or because the number is actually increasing. Many will argue that this increase in diagnosis is related to the money making industry that is medecine. Here is an article on the debate of over diagnosing: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/11/21/is-adhd-overdiagnosed-y...

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