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Rates of Anxiety increase in Children

A new study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics has found a significant increase in cases of reported anxiety in children aged 6 to 17. Researchers asked parents whether their child's doctor has ever told them if their child has anxiety and/or depression. Researchers found that "Based on the parent report, lifetime diagnosis of anxiety or depression among children aged 6 to 17 years increased from 5.4% in 2003 to 8.4% in 2011–2012. Current anxiety or depression increased from 4.7% in 2007 to 5.3% in 2011–2012; current anxiety increased significantly, whereas current depression did not change. "

Several factors may be playing into the increase in anxiety among our nation's youth, including the increased role that social media plays in our children's lives, or pressures from a competitive school environment. One provider interviewed for the Washington Post  article linked below stated "School is putting so much pressure on them with the competitiveness ... I've seen eighth graders admitted as inpatients, saying they have to choose a career!”

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