THOUSANDS of kids as young as two are now living with mental disorders, official statistics suggest. ONE in eight kids aged between the ages of five and 19 are living with a mental health issue, while around 113,000 toddlers in England have problems before they even start school. One in 18 preschool kids aged between two and four have at least one mental health problem. The report, Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017, was published today by NHS Digital and looked at information on 9,117 children and young people. It’s the first time that children as young as two have been included in such studies. Most of the tots have been diagnosed with behavioural issues, such as “oppositional defiant disorder” – a severe form of misbehaving. Others have hyperactivity disorder, autism, stress, trouble sleeping or difficulty eating. For five to 15-year-olds, the overall prevalence of mental disorder has increased from 9.7 per cent in 1999 to 11.2 per cent in 2017.One in six 17-19-year-olds were found to have a mental health issue, with one in 16 suffering from more than one disorder at the time of being interviewed. Older girls were more than twice as likely… Read full this story
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