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1 in 5 U.S. Kids Has a Mental Health Disorder: CDC


1 in 5 U.S. Kids Has a Mental Health Disorder: CDC
HealthDay News
April 26, 2013

As many as one in five American children under the age of 17 has a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, according to a new federal report.  Released Thursday, the report represents the government's first comprehensive look at mental disorders in children. It focuses on diagnoses in six areas: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioral or conduct disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, substance abuse, and Tourette syndrome.  The most common mental disorder among children aged 3 through 17 is ADHD. Nearly 7 percent -- about one in 15 children -- in that age group have a current diagnosis, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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