Sedative addiction and anxiety on the rise among children, reports show

181122114519-sad-teenage-girl-stock-exlarge-169Source: CNN

By Rob Picheta, CNN

(CNN)An apparent rise in anxiety among British children has prompted concern from mental health experts, as two reports reveal an alarming surge in medication addiction and the number of young people seeking counseling for the disorder.

 

Childline, the phone counseling service run by UK children’s charity the NSPCC, took 21,297 calls about anxiety in the past year — a 55% increase on the previous year, when 13,746 children rang the hotline about the problem.
Almost nine in 10 of those calls were made by girls, the charity said in its annual review for the service. The hotline also received 24,549 calls from children suffering suicidal thoughts and feelings, its highest-ever rate for that category.

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