Anxiety and Depression in Children

Anxiety and Depression in Children

In an article published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, CDC researchers found that, as of 2011-2012, more than 1 in 20, or 2.6 million, U.S. children aged 6-17 years had current anxiety or depression that had previously been diagnosed by a healthcare provider. These parent report data showed slightly more boys than girls had a diagnosis of anxiety or depression. About 1 in 5 children with current anxiety and depression did not receive mental health treatment in the past year.

One in 24 children were diagnosed with anxiety in 2011 to 2012, compared to the 2007 estimate of 1 in 28 children. Researchers also found that 1 in 37 children were diagnosed with depression in 2011 to 2012, which is similar to the 2007 estimate.

Based on the 2011 to 2012 data, children with current anxiety or depression were more likely than those without to have:

  • Another mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disability, or speech or language problems
  • Other chronic health conditions, like asthma or hearing problems
  • School problems
  • Parents who report high levels of stress and frustration with parenting
  • Unmet medical and mental health service needs

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Anxiety and Depression in Children
Learn about diagnosis, treatment, and impact of anxiety and depression in U.S. children.
(Published: April 24, 2018)