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Childhood Mental Health : UK Statistics

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UK Childhood Mental Health Statistics :

Statistics relating to mental disorder :

About 8% of children aged 5-10 years suffer from a mental disorder

About 12% of children aged 11-16 years suffer from a mental disorder

 

More specifically :


 

About 1 in 70 children aged from 5-10 years suffers from severe ADHD

About 1 in 16 children aged 11-16 suffers from severe ADHD

(Note – severe ADHD is also often referred to as HYPERKINETIC DISORDER)


 

About 2% of children aged 5-10 years suffer from an anxiety disorder

About 4.5% of children aged 11-16 years suffer from an anxiety disorder


 

About 1 in 500 children aged from 5-10 years suffer from severe depression

About 1 in 100 children aged 11-16 years suffer from severe depression


 

About 1 in 20 children aged 5-10 years suffer from a conduct disorder

About 1 in 16 children aged 11-16 years suffer from a conduct disorder


 

 

IMPORTANT FURTHER INFORMATION RELATING TO THE STATISTICS:


 

95% of ‘young offenders’ in juvenile prisons suffer from a mental health problem. (CLICK HERE to read my article entitled : ‘MENTAL HEALTH AND CRIMINAL LAW’)


 

About 75% of those young people in the ‘care system’ suffer from a mental health problem affecting their behaviour/emotional state.


Over the last two or three decades, diagnoses of children with severe depression and also of children with a conduct disorder have both approximately doubled.


 

It is also noteworthy that half of adults with mental health problems had their first diagnosis is childhood; however, in less than 50% of these cases was the problem appropriately addressed.


IMPORTANT FINAL WORD :

Treating mental health conditions whilst the individual is young can save them from a life-time of misery. The earlier the intervention, the more likely it is that it will be effective.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION :

MEDLINEPLUS : CHILD MENTAL HEALTH  (CLICK HERE)

 

David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).

 

 

 

 

 

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