(NEW YORK) -- A new study in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry finds 20 percent of American teenagers suffer from some kind of mental disorder severe enough to have an impact on their day-to-day lives. Even more have had some kind of less severe mental difficulty.
The researchers say their study is the first to show such a broad range of problems in a nationally representative sample. They say severe emotional and behavior disorders are more common than the most frequent physical conditions from which teens suffer. Those include diabetes and asthma.
Anxiety disorders, such as panic attacks and social phobia were the most commonly reported problems among the more than ten thousand teens studied.
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