What are the different mental ilnesses in children?


types of mental Illnesses

the different Mental illnesses by definition:

ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)- "a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development as growth occurs. " (1)

OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder)- "chronic/long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he/she feels the need to repeat over and over." (1)

Bipolar disorder-  A "brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks." (1)

Depression- "A serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms  that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working." (1)

ODD- "disruptive behavior disorder in children and teenagers characterized by patterns of unruly and argumentative behavior and hostile attitudes."(2)

1 in 5

children have a diagnosable mental illness

That Means Over

15 Million Children in the USA Have a Diagnosable Mental Health Disorder.

Anxiety Disorder(s)- one has "anxiety that does not go away and gets worse over time, causing feelings that can/do interfere with daily activities" such as school work, sports and relationships. (1)

1- NIMH (National institute of mental health)

2- Psychologytoday.org

Facts and statistics about mental illnesses:

  • 1 in every 5 children have a mental illness (diagnosed or undiagnosed). (1)

  • 40% of kids with a mental health disorder have more than 1 (2)

  • 50% of kids above the age of 14 drop out of high school with a mental illness (3)

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in teens (as of 2016), and 9/10 individuals who commit suicide show signs of mental illness/distress (3)

  • 1 in 2 mental disorders begin by age 14

  • only 20% of mental disorders are identified and treated per year (4)

  • 65% of boys and 75% of girls in juvenile detention have a mental illness (3)

  • 40% of kids with adhd are not getting treatment (4)

  • 60% of kids with depression are not getting treatment (4)

  • 80% of kids with an anxiety disorder are not getting treatment (4)


1- NIMH (national Institute of mental illnesses)

2- topmastersineducation.org infographic

3- nami (National alliance of mental illnesses)

4- child mind institute

$247 billion

spent for care for kids under the age of 24 per year with mental health disorders (2)

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