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Rate of children getting mental health care rises, study finds

Children were twice as likely to receive medical attention for a mental health condition in 2010 than 15 years earlier, according to a study by researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.

They compared national survey data of children, teens, and adults from 1995 and 2010 and found that youth under age 20 who visited a doctor in 2010 were twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder compared to 1995. These conditions included ADHD and behavioral, anxiety, mood, and developmental disorders. The rate of mental health diagnoses among adults stayed relatively stable.

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