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Study: Mental Health Problems Afflict About 1 In 5 New York City Kids

Children ride a school bus in NYC (Photo credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Children ride a school bus in NYC (Photo credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — About one in five preteens in New York City struggles with mental illness or emotional problems, according to a new study.

The study by the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that 6 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 12 – or about 44,000 in total — have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and behavioral problems, according to a New York Post report.

A survey of parents also found that 14 percent of undiagnosed children – or about 101,000 — have difficulties with emotions, concentration, behavior or getting along with others, the newspaper reported.

The Child Community Health Survey data did not 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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