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Are Mental Health Issues in Kids Under Diagnosed?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, as many as one in ten children between the ages of six and 12 experience the “persistent feelings of sadness” associated with depression. According to the CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration, more than one in ten children ages four to 17 have been diagnosed with attention […]

According to the American Psychiatric Association, as many as one in ten children between the ages of six and 12 experience the “persistent feelings of sadness” associated with depression. According to the CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration, more than one in ten children ages four to 17 have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Still others experience anxiety. Some kids are bipolar. The CDC believes an estimated 1 in 68 fall under autism spectrum disorder. Really, many mental health conditions can — and often do — manifest themselves in childhood.

Today we learn about mental health services available for children in Greater Houston, how mental health conditions are diagnosed and treated here, and the challenges mental illness can create for kids in school. We meet a Houston mom whose son was diagnosed with Asperger’s. And we welcome your questions for the heads of a pediatric bipolar unit at a Houston area hospital, and a neurological institute and school based here in Greater Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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