Munich - In the second half of 2014, around 470,000 children and young people in Bavaria were diagnosed with mental disorder - including developmental disorders. That is around quarter of all children and young people in the state. The first “report on mental health in children and adolescents in Bavaria” names this number. State Minister of Health Melanie Huml (CSU) presented it in mid-June. The report's database is based on information from, official hospital statistics, results of school entrance examinations and data from epidemiological studies.
According to the report, developmental disorders are the most common diagnosis among young and preschool children. Between the ages of 7 and 14, behavioral and emotional disorders become more important. Here attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) makes up good half of the diagnoses. Depression also occurs between the ages of 15 and 17 inclusive.
“The frequency is - in the order of magnitude - surprisingly good with the data from the nationwide KiGGS study, ”says the report. The hospital cases as result of mental disorders in children and adolescents in Bavaria are slightly below the national average. “This is probably also the case with the overall incidence of the disease, because mental health depends heavily on the social situation - and that is better in Bavaria than the national average,” the report continues.
The development at the Alcohol and tobacco use. The number of hospital admissions as result of alcohol poisoning among young people in Bavaria is falling. In addition, the proportion of young smokers between the ages of 12 and 17 reached 9.6 percent in 2015, the lowest value since the surveys began in the late 1970s.