Men­tal health is­sues rise among chil­dren

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Men­tal health spe­cial­ists have warned of ris­ing men­tal health is­sues among Chi­nese chil­dren and ado­les­cents, in­clud­ing at­ten­tion-deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der, or ADHD, which now af­fects roughly 5 per­cent of them. If left un­treated, be­tween 10 to 20 per­cent of those with ADHD could de­velop se­ri­ous symp­toms such as un­der­de­vel­oped speech, de­fi­ance, pro­longed dis­tress or anx­i­ety, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts at a news con­fer­ence hosted by the Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion on May 23. In gen­eral, at least 30 mil­lion Chi­nese ages 7 to 18 have ex­pe­ri­enced emo­tional or be­hav­ioral prob­lems, in­clud­ing ADHD, de­pres­sion or self-harm, ac­cord­ing to Liu Huaqing, head of the clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy depart­ment at Bei­jing Hui­long­guan Hospi­tal.

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