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2012-07-03 10:54:35

Intermittent Explosive Disorder affects up to 6 million US adolescents Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adolescents have experienced an anger attack that involved threatening violence, destroying property or engaging in violence toward others at some point in their lives. These severe attacks of uncontrollable anger are much more common among adolescents than previously recognized, a new study led by researchers from Harvard Medical School finds. The study, based on the National Comorbidity...

2011-03-11 08:45:13

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Did you know that more than 8,000,000 people in the United States have an eating disorder?  And the worst thing about this disorder is that it isn't even the most detrimental disorder involved.  Eating disorder's severity and dramatic effects have been continually demonstrated through elevated rates of impairment, medical complications, other illnesses, death and suicide. Despite the fact that the lifetime prevalence estimates of eating disorders from...

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2011-03-08 11:00:00

Half a million US teens between the ages of 13 and 18 suffer from some form of eating disorder but few have sought treatment for the problem, government research shows. Binge-eating disorder was the most common, affecting more than 1.5 percent of kids studied. Just under 1 percent had experienced bulimia, and 0.3 percent had anorexia, AP is reporting. The study, released online Monday in Archives of General Psychiatry, claims that overall, 3 percent of US teens had a lifetime prevalence of...

2011-01-18 16:45:00

A recent study by Merikangas and colleagues published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) shows that only half of adolescents that are affected with severely impairing mental disorders ever receive treatment for their disorders. The researchers found that approximately one third of adolescents with any mental disorder received services for their illness (36.2%). Disorder severity was significantly associated with an...

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2010-10-15 06:25:00

One in four US teenagers report having a mood, behavior or anxiety disorder that interferes with their daily life, while 1 in 2 actually meet the criteria for a mental disorder, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that 51 percent of boys and 49 percent of girls ages 13 to 19 have some type of anxiety or substance use disorder. In 22 percent of the teens surveyed, the disorder was so severe it...

2010-10-13 14:57:17

Mental disorders in children are often difficult to identify due to the myriad of changes that occur during the normal course of maturation. For the first time, researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health have reported on the prevalence data on a broad range of mental disorders in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adolescents, which show that approximately one in five children in the U.S. meet the criteria for a mental disorder severe enough to disrupt their daily lives....

2009-09-11 09:13:11

The prevalence of anxiety, depression and substance dependency may be twice as high as the mental health community has been led to believe. It depends on how one goes about measuring. Duke University psychologists Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi and colleagues from the United Kingdom and New Zealand used a long-term tracking study of more than 1,000 New Zealanders from birth to age 32 to reach the conclusion that people vastly underreport the amount of mental illness they've suffered when...

2005-06-06 02:40:00

Researchers supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have found that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and that despite effective treatments, there are long delays "” sometimes decades "” between first onset of symptoms and when people seek and receive treatment. The study also reveals that an untreated mental disorder can lead to a more severe, more difficult to treat illness, and to the development of co-occurring mental illnesses....


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