Children who have chronic illnesses are more at risk of mental health issues

Posted Jan 13 2018 in Living with epilepsy

Perhaps unsurprisingly, new research from the University of Waterloo in Canada has found that children who have chronic illnesses such as epilepsy are more at risk of mental health issues. And further, those who are diagnosed with a physical condition and a mental health disorder will experience a significant decline in their quality of life within the first six months of receiving the diagnosis, whatever their chronic illness.

According to the study the numbers of children showing signs of a mental health disorder declined slightly after six months post diagnosis, but is still unacceptably high.  Alexandra Butler from the University of Waterloo said “It is important to not only identify at-risk children early but to also have resources to support them.”

You can read more about the research here: http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/health/kids-with-chronic-illness-show-signs-of-mental-health-problems/1004204/

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