Health Alert: 1 in 5 Children Has A Mental Disorder
3 days ago
New report is the first to show data of children’s mental health.
Attention-deficit disorder, behavior disorders, autism spectrum disorders and substance abuse disorders are just some diseases that are common among children.
This means that about 13 to 20 percent of all the children in the country experience a mental disorder in any given year.
Among the findings, the CDC found that the top five mental diseases among children are: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with 6.8 percent, behavior or conduct problem with 3.5 percent, anxiety with 3.0 percent, depression with 2.1 percent, and autism spectrum disorders with 1.1. percent.
The report states that $247 billion is spent each year on childhood mental disorders. This number increases as the care of them as adults adds up.
This is the first report to show mental disorders among children aged 3 to 17 years. The CDC used different sources and looked at data from 2005 to 2011 to come up with the estimates.
The CDC has resources available for mental health here.
Do you know a child with a mental disorder?