Childhood Psychiatric Problems May Lead to Difficulties in Adulthood

Children with mental health issues appear to be more likely to have serious problems that make it more difficult to lead successful lives in adulthood, a new study suggests.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found children who had a diagnosed psychiatric condition such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse were six times more likely than children with no mental health issues to have difficulties in adulthood including addictions, criminal charges, early pregnancies, education failures, residential instability and problems getting or keeping a job.

Children with more minor mental health problems that affected their daily life had three times the risk of experiencing difficulties in adulthood. Adult problems were more likely even in children whose mental health issues did not persist beyond childhood, Fox News reports.

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