Childhood Mental Disorders
than seven million of America's children and adolescents suffer
from diagnosable mental disorders.
1990 National Institute of Mental Health study shows that people
under 20 are in the peak age range for developing depression,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias,
and substance abuse disorders.
is the second-leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds.
signs of mental disorders in childhood and adolescence include drop
in school performance; worry and anxiety; inability to cope with
day-to-day problems and activities; changes in sleeping and eating
habits; aggression; excessive fear of getting fat, etc.
statistics indicate that only 20 percent of children in need are
receiving the services they need.
untreated, mental disorders can ruin young people's chances of obtaining
decent education and jobs, living
independently, and forming stable families of their own. The cost
to society in terms of lost potential runs into the billions of
early detection and appropriate treatment, chances are excellent
that most children with mental disorders can lead productive lives