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(UK) 70% more British kids with mental health problems compared to 25 years ago

Feb 1, 2018, (UK) Bournemouth Buzz: Small Victory for Dorset Amidst the Youth Mental Health Crisis http://buzz.bournemouth.ac.uk/2018/02/small-victory-dorset-amidst-youth-mental-health-crisis/ In the past 25 years, national rates of mental health disorders in young people have risen by 70% , with anxiety and depression seeing the largest spike. Psychiatrists and medics alike are dubbing it the ‘youth mental health crisis’ and so far, unfortunately, there seems to be no end in sight. Whichever way you look at it, the state of young people’s mental health today is dire to say the least. More young people below the age of 25 are complaining of and being diagnosed with low mood, depression and anxiety than ever before. Reports of children as young as four suffering from anxiety and panic attacks are becoming far more prevalent. Data from the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) revealed that a worrying 18% of primary school teachers surveyed have come into contact with a child below the age of seven with a mental health disorder. However, it seems that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Anxiety and depression aren’t the only disorders wreaking havoc on today’s youth. Hospital admissions for children and young people with eating disorders has doubled, rates of self harm have increased exponentially and hospital admissions for children with psychiatric conditions has more than doubled in the past eight years. On top of this, sadly, the figures only get worse for those youth from low-income and ethnic minority backgrounds. … Teenage pregnancy is at a 50 year low, substance abuse amongst teens is declining gradually and so is smoking and binge drinking. So why is the state of young people’s mental health so poor when generally speaking, young people’s quality of life is the best it’s been in decades? According to Andrew Mayers, a psychology professor and a patron for Dorset Minds, young people’s mental health is being severely impacted by the expectations and pressures of modern life. …