The statistics on mental health problems in children

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The statistics on mental health problems in children

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A lot of parents are surprised by how come a mental health problem are in children. Couple of national data suggest that by age 21 over 90% of kids would have a mental health problem at some point. But only a small minority 20-40% of them get effective care. One reason in national study, thousands of teenagers 50% at one point in time had diagnoses but 64% of them got no care, 22% were on the severe range but most of them got no care. What would we think of our culture if the same thing is true about our kids dental health. Very common but only 20% of them got care and when they did they suffered for years and carries pedestrian. Images of walking around with their knuckles dragging on the ground come to mind but this is exactly what's true about our kids mental health. It's a social injustice, is this wrong of the thing, is a thing can be wrong and we need to put an end to it. A lot of parents I think don't take their kid in for a care because they think it means their kids are freak or they think they've done something wrong. We don't think that way about the pediatrician or the dentist. Our kids mental health problems are as commons as those problems most of the times they're not chronic or severe. They're easily address and we can get rid of needless suffering if we just think of it in a way it truly is.

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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

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Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University, the President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2012-2013), a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience, a Public Education Coordinator for the American Psychological Association, author of an award winning parenting book (times three), dad (of 3.0 children; 3.5 if you count the neurotic dog) and husband (of over 22 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter, who says she has 4.0 children as she counts David). Dr. Palmiter has over three dozen professional publications to his credit, has given over 200 continuing education workshops around the country and has completed over 300 public education projects, including for outlets such as the LA Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, Wall St. Journal and O Magazine. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and self-actualized children. 

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