Moodiness or more? How to tell if your kid’s suffering from a mental disorder

Published: February 27, 2020, 8:06 am, Updated: February 27, 2020, 7:22 pm
By Kristen Rogers, CNN

Children’s lives may not be as hard as adults’ lives, but sometimes their moodiness and sadness are more than just a phase.

Around one in six US youth ages 6 to 17 has a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder such as anxiety, depression or attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder, according to a 2019 report in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

The number of youth struggling with mental disorders such as depression and anxiety has increased by 52% between 2005 and 2017. Recent studies suggest this rise could partly be due to social media use, which has been connected with low self-esteem and cyber-bullying. Suicide rates among the same demographics have been rising since the mid-2000s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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