Sedative addiction and anxiety on the rise among children, reports show
By Rob Picheta, CNN
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.