Kids found to be more affected by Mental Disorders than Adults

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Nov 29, 2013

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kids with mental disorderAccording to a new study it has been found that young people are at a greater risk to be diagnosed with a mental disorder when compared to adults.

Researchers have gathered data from 450,000 patient visits to doctors between 1995 and 2010 and found so. Between these two periods, that is 1995 to 1998 and 2007 to 2010 the visits that led to diagnoses of mental-health problems increased faster for patients younger than 21 than for adults. Youths happen to visit psychiatrists more often than adults according to the study. The number of prescriptions for medications that increased was similar for youths and adults alike.

Dr. Mark Olfson from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University said, "Over the last several years, there has been an expansion in mental health care to children and adolescents in office-based medical practice.” The researchers said that this growth gives health care providers new opportunities to help children and teens suffering from such common psychiatric issues.

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