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1 in 5 U.S. Kids Has a Mental Health Disorder: CDC
Date:5/16/2013

h this is the first time the CDC has tried to compile prevalence estimates for some of the most common mental disorders in a single report, the agency has long tracked rates of many of these illnesses through population surveys.

"We are seeing increases across the board in a lot of mental disorders," Perou said. Some of the biggest jumps have been in ADHD and autism. "We don't know if it's due to greater awareness, or if these conditions actually are going up," she said.

Perou said that is a question they will try to answer as they continue to track children's mental disorders going forward.

"The good news is that mental disorders are diagnosable and treatable," she said. "If we act early, we can really make a huge difference in children's live and in families' lives overall."

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To find out more about children's mental health, head to the U.S. National Institute for Mental Health.

SOURCES: Ruth Perou, Ph.D., team leader for child development studies, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; May 17, 2013, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


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