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At Brenner Children’s our mission is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Our team advocates for our patients with developmental and behavioral problems by working closely with schools, preschools, and other agencies involved with developmental care and education.
Anxiety is a common mental health symptom in children and adolescents. According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 7.1% of children between the ages of 3-17 (approximately 4.4 million youth) have diagnosed anxiety.
Depression is a common mental illness among youth in the United States. Data from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2020 estimates that 4.1 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the US had a major depressive episode in 2020. Rates are higher among adolescent females at 25% compared to adolescent males at 9%.
Eating disorders is relatively a common problem in children and teens. Though picky eating and concerns about body image or weight can be a normal part of development, there are several eating disorders that can affect youth. Eating disorders can progress to the point of serious health consequences and even death if left untreated.
The recommended hours of sleep in a 24 hour cycle varies with age, but in general young children (3-5 years old) should get 10-13 hours per day including naps, older children (6-12 years old) should get 9-12 hours per night, and teens (13-18 years old) should get 8-10 hours per night.
Thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts among children and adolescents have increased over the past 10 years. If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health concerns or thoughts of self-harm/suicide, know there is help.