Mental Illness to Blame for 10 Percent of Kids' Hospitalizations

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Mental Illness to Blame for 10 Percent of Kids' Hospitalizations
Wed, 03-19-2014 - 10:11am

According to recent Health Day News, 10% of kids' hospitalizations are a result of mental illness. Unfortunately, a shortage of trained professionals makes it harder to treat them. "Nearly 10 percent of children hospitalized in America are there because of a mental health problem, a new study finds.

Most of these kids suffer from depression, bipolar disorder or psychosis. Unfortunately, there are too few trained psychiatrists, psychologists or hospital beds to treat these children effectively, experts say."This is a common and costly problem," said lead researcher Dr. Naomi Bardach, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.More than 14 million children and teens in the United States have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, she noted.The costs for the most common diagnosis, depression, total about $1.3 billion a year, she added: "That's similar to the hospital costs just for asthma."" READ MORE

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