Suicide ideation, attempts increasing among U.S. children

May 16, 2018

(HealthDay)—From 2008 to 2015 there was an increase in encounters for suicide ideation (SI) and suicide attempts (SAs) among U.S. children, according to a study published online May 16 in Pediatrics.

Gregory Plemmons, M.D., from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues used a retrospective analysis of administrative billing data from the Pediatric Health Information System database from 2008 to 2015 to examine trends in emergency and inpatient encounters for SI and SAs.

The researchers identified 115,856 SI and SA encounters during the study period. The annual percentage of all visits for SI and SAs increased from 0.66 percent in 2008 to 1.82 percent in 2015 (average annual increase, 0.16 percentage points). In all age groups, there were significant increases; these were higher in adolescents aged 15 to 17 and 12 to 14 years (average annual increase, 0.27 and 0.25 percentage points, respectively). Increases were higher in girls than in boys (average annual increases, 0.14 and 0.10 percentage points, respectively). There was seasonal variation, with the lowest percentage of cases observed during the summer and highest percentage during spring and fall.

"The growing impact of pediatric mental disorders has important implications for children's hospitals and health care delivery systems," the authors write.

Explore further: Children's hospitals admissions for suicidal thoughts or actions double during past decade

More information: Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

Children's hospitals admissions for suicidal thoughts or actions double during past decade

May 4, 2017
The number of children and adolescents admitted to children's hospitals for thoughts of suicide or self-harm more than doubled during the last decade, according to new research being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic ...

Big rise seen in U.S. kids, teens attempting suicide

May 16, 2018
(HealthDay)—In a troubling sign that anxiety and depression are taking hold of America's youth, new research shows a doubling since 2008 in the number of kids and teens who've been hospitalized for attempted suicide or ...

HIV incidence down in all except men who have sex with men

March 21, 2018
(HealthDay)—From 2008 to 2015, there was a decrease in modeled HIV incidence in all transmission risk groups except men who have sex with men (MSM), according to research published online March 20 in the Annals of Internal ...

More sought mental health specialty care in 2008 to 2015

January 12, 2018
(HealthDay)—Between 2008 and 2015 there was an increase in the number of U.S. adults who received outpatient mental health care in the specialty sector, according to a study published in the December issue of Health Affairs.

Excess weight increases costs across health care settings

June 2, 2017
(HealthDay)—Excess weight is associated with increased costs across health care settings, with the highest percentage increases seen in costs for medications, according to research published online May 22 in Obesity Reviews.

Recommended for you

Fatty acids can slow down an overheated immune system

September 21, 2018
Sometimes, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's healthy tissue by responding to infections that do not exist. This causes chronic inflammation and leads to diseases including lupus (SLE), and this is what happens ...

Patient-centered visual aid helps physicians discuss risks, treatments with parents

September 21, 2018
A series of illustrations and charts designed as decision aids for parents of children with minor head injuries helped them communicate with emergency medicine physicians and make informed decisions about their child's care, ...

Study shows surprise low-level ozone impact on asthma patients

September 21, 2018
A new study led by UNC School of Medicine researchers indicates that ozone has a greater impact on asthma patients than previously thought. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, recruited ...

Fish-rich diets may boost babies' brain development

September 20, 2018
Women could enhance the development of their unborn child's eyesight and brain function by regularly eating fatty fish during pregnancy. This is the suggestion from a small-scale study led by Kirsi Laitinen of the University ...

Understanding epilepsy in pediatric tumors

September 20, 2018
Pediatric brain tumors are characterized by frequent complications due to intractable epilepsy compared to adult brain tumors. However, the genetic cause of refractory epilepsy in pediatric brain cancer has not been elucidated ...

3-D-printed tracheal splints used in groundbreaking pediatric surgery

September 19, 2018
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has performed Georgia's first-ever procedure to place 3-D-printed tracheal splints in a pediatric patient. A cross-functional team of Children's surgeons used three custom-made splints, which ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

mqr
not rated yet May 16, 2018
is this really a surprise????

Record people in prisons (their parents), high rates of divorce (no families, unless you accept the "non-traditional families" like me and my dog...), the most racist society in the planet, random acts of extreme violence, rampant ignorance, alcohol and meat for breakfasst, political corruption......

If people were running around in happiness, they would be psychopaths, or somehow mentally handicapped (like the politicians).

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.