Psychiatric diagnoses increase at faster pace for youths than adults

12/1/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Data on almost 450,000 patient visits between 1995 and 2010 revealed that visits to a doctor's office that resulted in a mental health disorder diagnosis rose faster among those younger than 21 compared with adults. Young people also had a greater increase in visits to psychiatrists than adults, but increases in prescribed medications for treating mental health disorders were the same for both groups. The findings appear in JAMA Psychiatry.

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