ICD-10-CM Code F93

Emotional disorders with onset specific to childhood

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

F93 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of emotional disorders with onset specific to childhood. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:F93
Short Description:Emotional disorders with onset specific to childhood
Long Description:Emotional disorders with onset specific to childhood

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • F93.0 - Separation anxiety disorder of childhood
  • F93.8 - Other childhood emotional disorders
  • F93.9 - Childhood emotional disorder, unspecified

Code Classification

  • Mental and behavioural disorders (F00–F99)
    • Behavioral and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence (F90-F98)
      • Emotional disorders with onset specific to childhood (F93)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


Child Mental Health

It's important to recognize and treat mental illnesses in children early on. Once mental illness develops, it becomes a regular part of your child's behavior. This makes it more difficult to treat.

But it's not always easy to know when your child has a serious problem. Everyday stresses can cause changes in your child's behavior. For example, getting a new brother or sister or going to a new school may cause a child to temporarily act out. Warning signs that it might be a more serious problem include

  • Problems in more than one setting (at school, at home, with peers)
  • Changes in appetite or sleep
  • Social withdrawal or fear of things he or she did not used to be not afraid of
  • Returning to behaviors more common in younger children, such as bedwetting
  • Signs of being upset, such as sadness or tearfulness
  • Signs of self-destructive behavior, such as head-banging or suddenly getting hurt often
  • Repeated thoughts of death

To diagnose mental health problems, the doctor or mental health specialist looks at your child's signs and symptoms, medical history, and family history. Treatments include medicines and talk therapy.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

  • Generalized anxiety disorder - children (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Reactive attachment disorder of infancy or early childhood (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stress in childhood (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Traumatic events and children (Medical Encyclopedia)

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