Huge Rise in Psychiatric Hospitalizations Among Latino Youth

Parents often think that their children don’t pay attention to the stresses that they go through, but more often than we think, children understand the struggles and even share their parents sentiments when passing through a difficult situation. There is a big rise in psychiatric hospitalizations of Latino youths—86% in California between 2007 and 2014, which is very high compared to other ethnic groups.

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According to state data, psychiatric hospitalizations of Latino children and young adults in California are rising dramatically and at a much faster pace than others. The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development reports that among those 21 years of age and younger, the rates have risen up to 86% in just 7 years. Those rates are very alarming compared to a 21% increase among whites and 35% among African-Americans.

teen with depressionWhy is this happening? There can be a variety of reasons why this happens, especially in California, where there is a large immigrant population. Many times families don’t have access to healthcare, much less mental health services and often they just don’t see everyday stresses as a reason to seek medical help. Which is why by the time they get the help they need, it may require psychiatric hospitalization. Young people can suffer from depression, anxiety, or even major mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.