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Marshall, MN: "One in 4 children are affected by an anxiety disorder...according to the CDC"

April 10, 2018, Marshall (MN) Independent: Schools facing mental health challenge http://www.marshallindependent.com/news/local-news/2018/04/schools-facing-mental-health-challenge/ The statistics on children’s mental health are startling — 1 in 7 U.S. children aged 2 to 8 years old has a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder. One in 4 children are affected by an anxiety disorder, though 80 percent are never treated, according to the Center for Disease Control. At the Marshall Public School board meeting recently, three school counselors recently shared those statistics and revealed how mental health issues often affect students in school…. “(According to National Alliance on Mental Illness), 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness,” she said. “What we’re seeing in schools is anxiety — general anxiety and separation anxiety — depression and then toward the top of that tier is mood disorders as well.”… “With the statistics being 1 in 7 children, that would be 75 students at Park Side who would be dealing with a mental health crisis,” Hey said. “With the national anxiety statistics at 1 in 4, that would be 134 students dealing with anxiety.”… “With the oppositional defiant disorder, we start to see increases in classroom disruption,” Bjella said. “It doesn’t just disrupt their learning either. It can disrupt learning for others as well. With ADHD, we see challenges with focus as well as executive functioning development delays. So students aren’t able to do some of the common things that maybe others can in terms of managing multiple tasks and organizing themselves. We see an increased need some of those areas and we’re having to teach those skills or reinforce those skills.”… Similar to the upward trend nationally, the counselors said they are seeing children’s mental health needs increasing at the local level. … “Many of them also have multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACES), which are things like abuse or neglect, divorce, witnessing domestic violence, parental alcohol or drug abuse issues, and having multiple ACES can lead to delayed development, mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, things like that,” she said. …