Treatment of mental diseases of children in German hospitals: Analysis of frequencies in the years 2003 to 2012.


Recent data from the nationwide German KiGGS survey show a stable level of psychiatric and behavioural symptoms in a community sample. Nevertheless, rates of psychopharmacological treatment in childhood and adolescence are increasing. This study analyses the prevalence of ICD-10 chapter F diagnoses, from German hospitals in children up to the age of 15 in the years 2003 to 2012; There was a significant increase in most diagnostic groups with the exception of organic (F0), schizophrenic (F2); personality and behavioral disorders (F6) and mental retardation (F7); showing stable or even decreasing rates of hospital treatments In a 10 year time frame.