Youth with chronic physical ailments more prone to mental illness
June 21, 2019, 3:12 PM
By Lisa Rapaport
(Reuters Health) – Children and young adults with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and ADHD may be more likely to develop mental illness than youth who don’t have physical health problems, a U.S. study suggests.
Researchers followed more than 48,000 youth without any diagnosed mental health disorders for two years, starting when they were between 6 and 25 years old. Overall, 14.7% had a chronic physical health problem that either limited their ability to navigate daily life or required ongoing treatment.