Child and adolescent mental health

Emotional disorders

  Disorder National prevalence in 2004 Estimated local absolute number*
National and estimated local prevalence for emotional disorders by age bands
5-10 yrs old Anxiety 2.2% 403
  Depressive 0.2% 37
11-16 yrs old Anxiety 4.4% 815
  Depressive 1.4% 259
5-16 yrs old Anxiety 3.3% 1,215
  Depressive 0.9% 331

*Estimate for Central Bedfordshire based on local population numbers (rounded figures) National Estimate from Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain 2004 (latest data)

Research suggests that emotional disorders have been increasing over time and there is a marked difference in numbers of males and females with an emotional disorder between the ages of 16-19 years with twice the number of females than males expected to have an emotional disorder (1)

Emotional disorders are more prevalent in areas of higher level of social deprivation and parental mental health problems (2)


(1) Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health, Guidance for commissioning public mental health services 

(2) National Statistics: Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain, 2004


Last updated Wednesday, 1st November 2017