Article: "Kids Disorders Quantified."
This article, written by Stacy Fins, appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 19, 2014. What follows are excerpts from the actual article:
Nearly 1 in 10 children will be diagnosed with a mental health condition that will require hospitalization, according to a new analysis led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Depression alone accounts for $1.33 billion in annual hospital charges.
The study is the first to examine the regularity and costs connected to specific inpatient mental health diagnoses for children, according to the hospital.
“This is the first paper to give a clear picture of the mental health reasons kids are admitted to hospitals nationally,” said Dr. Naomi Bardach, the lead author on the research and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital. “Mental health hospitalizations have been increasing in kids, up 80 percent in 2010 compared to 1997.”
More than 14 million children and adolescents in the country have a diagnosable mental disorder, yet there was not enough information to determine which ones are causing kids to be hospitalized. Now, researchers have learned that diagnoses of depression, bipolar disorder and psychosis are the most common and expensive pediatric admissions.
Depression accounted for 44.1 percent of admissions, bipolar for 18.1 percent at an annual cost of $702 million, followed by psychosis at 12.1 percent and $540 million a year.