Emotional Health Problems on the Rise in Youth

by on June 22nd, 2011 at 7:00 am

Is your child at risk for disability? While it may sound alarming to parents with seemingly healthy kids, mental health problems (like depression and bipolar disorder) account for almost half of all disability in children and young adults 10-24 years old, a new study from the World Health Organization reports.

The study reported that emotional problems attributed to ‘disability-adjusted life years’, in which years of good health were lost. Emotional problems often lead to risky behavior that compromises long-health, such as drug and alcohol abuse and unsafe sex, and may be compounded with other emotional-rooted illnesses such as eating disorders.

However, researchers say that many emotional problems in youth respond well to early detection and treatment. A child psychologist can provide a thorough evaluation and guidance for appropriate care, as children may be more resistant to therapy than adults.

For the most effective treatment plan, many health studies agree that a holistic approach is the best choice, often combining some form of psychotherapy, a balanced diet, adequate rest and exercise for full mind and body support.

In addition, herbal remedies such as Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort) and Passiflora have been widely used for easing emotional disorders such as depression, irritability, and anxiety.

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