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Mental Health of Children on the Decline

UK-The mental well being of young children of today seems to be disintegrating at an alarming rate. Studies carried out by NCH, the childrens charity, found that one in ten children now has a mental health disorder to a clinically significant level.

The research says that More than a million children have mental health problems, a doubling of the number in a generation. Emotional problems and conduct disorders have become twice as common since the 1930s

The NCH based its conclusion on three studies carried out in recent years.

The charity also carried out a survey "to test and compare our research findings with the experiences and views of the general public".

It found that the public believed emotional wellbeing was more important than family income, physical health, and IQ.

The mental health of the young today is an epidemic of disorders ranging from depression, anxiety and anorexia to violent delinquency. It is the lifestyle of the present that has to be blamed for the kind of problems that the children are facing. It is forcing the children to grown much faster than they actually should. The innocence and childhood seems to be lost in the background.

Junk food diet, binge drinking, breaking down of families and its values, increasing availability of drugs, sexy images projected by magazines, marketing by many companies aimed at the children, exam pressures as well as peer pressures are the main reasons for the ill health of the mental well being of the children.

NCH, called for urgent action to prevent mental health problems wrecking the prospects of a generation.

Influenced by super models and celebrities to look like them, the number of children admitted to the hospital with eating disorders has, shot up to more than a third in the last 10 years.

The study, based on a survey of nearly 8,000 children, also found that youngsters with serious beh
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