1 in 5 NYC preteens struggle with mental illness

1 in 5 NYC preteens struggle with mental illness

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A new study has found that about one in five New York City preteens struggle with mental illness or other emotional problems.

A city health department survey found that children between the ages of 6 and 12 have been diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other behavioral problems.

According to the New York Post, a survey of parents also found that 14 percent of undiagnosed children have difficulties with emotions, concentration, behavior or getting along with others.

The Child Community Health Survey data didn't capture the full extent of the problem because many cases of mental illness are underreported.

The survey was based in 2009 data. It was funded with support from singer Paul Simon's Children's Health Fund.

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