n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Psychiatric aspects of chronic physical illness in adolescence : main article




More and more children with chronic diseases are surviving into adolescence and adulthood.

Adolescence represents a period of increased risk for a number of psychiatric disorders.
There is an increased prevalence of psychiatric disorder in youth with chronic physical illnesses.
Emotional and behavioural problems can have a significant impact on the morbidity and mortality associated with chronic physical illness.
The rate of treatment non-adherence in this population is approximately 50%.
Adolescents with chronic physical illness are less likely to display antisocial behaviour and substance abuse, but are more likely to have experienced sexual abuse.


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