In this medical health video learn how according to Dr. Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, researchers have typically failed to recognize the extent to which mental illnesses in adults begin in children.
Question: Has sufficient research been conducted on mental health in children? Male Speaker: That whole history of the mental health research in children is a difficult one. We have generally not recognized the extent to which the mental illnesses of adulthood begin in children. Now we know from epidemiological data that's been collected relatively recently that probably 50% of adults with a mental illness, especially a mood or anxiety disorder had symptoms by age 14, 75% by age 24. What does that tell you? It says that for the most part, these are disorders that begin in childhood and yet, we don't have that much research that looks at the origins. As a result, often what we're studying when we study adults with these disorders are the results of having the disorder, not actually the key symptoms and signs that might have led to it. You're looking at what maybe just as much an effect having the illness as what maybe a cause.