Wednesday, June 5, 2019
CDC Feature: Anxiety and Depression in Children: Get the facts
Anxiety and depression affect many children. The rates of diagnosed anxiety and depression appear to have increased over time. In a recent article published in The Journal of Pediatrics, parent/caregiver reported data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), showed that 7.1% of children aged 3 – 17 years (approximately 4.4 million) had diagnosed anxiety and 3.2% of children aged 3 – 17 years (approximately 1.9 million) had diagnosed depression. In addition, an article published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics using parent-reported data found that the percent of children aged 6 – 17 years ever having been diagnosed with either anxiety or depression increased from 5.4% in 2003 to 8.4% in 2011 – 2012. Read more about anxiety and depression in children.