Up to 20% of US Kids Have Mental Disorder
Prevalence has been increasing for years
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 17, 2013 6:46 AM CDT
Up to 20% of US kids have mental disorders, the CDC finds.   (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

(Newser) – The CDC is out with its first report on mental disorders and kids, and the bottom line is a pretty heavy one: 13% to 20% of kids between ages 3 and 17 now suffer from a mental disorder, per the AFP. And that has costly implications: The disorders spur $247 billion in medical, special ed, and juvenile justice costs every year, says the report, which defines said disorders as "serious deviations from expected cognitive, social, and emotional development." The report noted such diagnoses are on the rise, a determination made after reviewing data spanning from 1994 to 2011.

Authors didn't offer a definitive explanation for the increase in prevalence, but said improved diagnosis and "public perception" could be part of it, reports Reuters. ADHD was the most common disorder, affecting 6.8% of kids. Also on the list:

  • behavioral conduct problems: 3.5%
  • anxiety/phobias: 3%
  • depression: 2.1%
  • autism spectrum disorders: 1.1%
  • Tourette syndrome: 0.2%

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JT119
May 19, 2013 6:58 PM CDT
Up to 20% of US Kids Have Mental Disorder They are the republicans in the making
Rational.-Anarchist
May 19, 2013 6:57 AM CDT
Hell, I've developed a mental disorder just from having to put up with all the fools & idiots running around loose!
iq145
May 18, 2013 7:05 PM CDT
These days they call it a desease. They even have a name for it: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Once upon a time, people saw the facts. Kids will be kids. Sometimes they get a little bored and rowdy. So what...?