Mental disorders among leading causes of illness in children worldwide

While global rates of mental disorders in children have remained stable over time, the decline of infectious diseases will place mental disorders among the main causes of disease in children aged 4-15 years, according to a study published in the open access journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. Marie-Laure Baranne and Bruno Falissard at INSERM, France described the prevalence of mental disorders among children aged 5-14 years in each of the six regions of the World Health Organisation -- Africa, the Americas, South-East Asia, Europe, the Easter Mediterranean, and the West Pacific Region. They found that even in...

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