Kids with asthma & diabetes at higher risk of developing mental health problems
Children suffering from chronic illness such as asthma, food allergy, epilepsy or diabetes are at a higher risk of developing mental health problems.
Anxiety disorders were most common
This is according to a study from Canada that looked at children between the ages of six and 16 years.
They were looked at within a month of their diagnosis with asthma, food allergy, epilepsy, diabetes or juvenile arthritis. 58% of children screened positive for at least one mental disorder.
Children with physical and mental health problems experience a significant decline in their quality of life within the first six months after receiving their diagnosis, pointing to a need for mental health services early on. Anxiety disorders were most common, including separation anxiety, generalised anxiety and phobias.
This result speaks to the need for health professionals to get multiple perspectives when assessing children's mental health.