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‘One in eight’ children and teenagers has mental health disorder

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One in eight children and teenagers had a mental health disorder in 2017, a major new study has found.

NHS Digital collected information from 9,000 youngsters aged five to 19, broadening the age group it covers, having previously studied five to 15-year-olds.

Among five to 15-year-olds, it said emotional disorders had become more common, rising from 4.3% in 1999 to 5.8% in 2017.

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