Risk of Mental Illness High in Irish Children

by Kathy Jones on  April 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM Child Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
A new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry reveals that one in five Irish children claim to be hearing voices, which is a sign of increased risk of mental illness.
 Risk of Mental Illness High in Irish Children
Risk of Mental Illness High in Irish Children
Advertisement

The study was conducted by researchers from Department of Psychiatry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) who conducted psychiatric assessments of more than 2,500 children aged between 11 and 16 years on four different occasions.

Advertisement
The researchers found that more than 21 percent of children between 11 and 13 years of age had experienced auditory hallucinations while the number fell to 7 percent among those aged between 13 and 16 years. However while more than half of the first group had non-psychotic psychiatric disorders, such as depression, over 80 percent of the second group had a diagnosable psychological problem.

Lead researcher Dr Ian Kelleher said that auditory hallucinations may turn out to be just a "blip on the radar" for some children but it could also be a sign of a more serious psychiatric problem. "For the other children, these symptoms turned out to be a warning sign of serious underlying psychiatric illness, including clinical depression and behavioral disorders, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder", he said.


Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Height and Weight-Kids 
Advertisement

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive