The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “CDC” reported on children’s mental health in the United States and stated, “mental disorders affect boys and girls of all ages, ethnic/racial backgrounds, and regions of the United States. Previous studies estimate up to 1 in 5 children have a mental disorder”. Based on a first-ever report (CDC MMWR Supplement) of complied data covering the period from 2005-2011, the CDC described federal efforts on monitoring mental disorders in children. The report presented estimates of the number of children aged 3-17 years with specific mental disorders.
- Millions of American children live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome or a host of other mental health issues.
- ADHD was the most prevalent current diagnosis among children aged 3–17 years.
- Boys were more likely than girls to have ADHD, behavioral or conduct problems, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, Tourette syndrome, and cigarette dependence whereas adolescent girls were more likely than adolescent boys to have depression or an alcohol use disorder.
Mental Health Disorders: It’s Not Your Fault
Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
Child Mind Institute
Your child’s mental health problems are caused by biological and environmental factors and genetics. While it’s not your fault, take responsibility to make sure your child gets early intervention and treatment.
Mental Health Concerns
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