1 in 5 U.S. Children Have Mental Disorder According to a New CDC Report

According to a new report issued last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, 1 in 5 children have mental disorders and estimates are increasing.  “Mental Health Surveillance among Children in the United States - 2005-2011,” is the first CDC report to track the number of U.S. children age 3-17 years who have specific mental disorders or indicators of mental health.

 The report, a supplement to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, documents that millions of U.S. children have mental disorders. Boys and girls of all ages, regions, ethnic and racial backgrounds experience these health issues. The report is an important step to better understand childhood mental disorders, identify gaps in data and develop strategies to help children reach their full potential in life.

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(excerpted from the AoA newsletter)

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