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Children and teens with anxiety or depression in the United States

Change Indicator

Children and teens with anxiety or depression

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: Children were included if they were 3 to 17 years old and the respondent answered “yes” to one of the following questions: 1) Has a doctor or other health care provider ever told you that [child] had depression? 2) Has a doctor or other health care provider ever told you that [child] had anxiety problems?

Data Source: Child Trends analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, National Survey of Children’s Health. The state-level data used here come from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). The NSCH includes information on approximately 50,000 children under age 18, with representative samples for each state. For more information on the NSCH, see http://childhealthdata.org/learn/NSCH

Footnotes: Updated August 2022.
S - Estimates suppressed when the 95% confidence interval is greater than 20 percentage points or 1.2 times the estimate.
Percentages exclude missing data. Weighted percentages were applied to the estimates of those missing to derive overall estimates for the number of children.
A 95 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at: Children and teens with anxiety or depression.