This new 66–page research report from the British Medical Association's (BMA) board of science reveals that the number of children in the UK with mental health disorders has more than doubled in the past 30 years, with a over million experiencing problems. There has been an increase in conduct disorders such as bullying and fighting, and in emotional disorders including phobias and depression. There are now over 7,000 children who are affected by behavioural disorders which can disrupt school classes and family life. The BMA report notes that poorer children, asylum–seeker youngsters, those in care and those who had seen domestic violence are particularly susceptible to mental health problems.
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