Up to 20% of US Kids Have Mental Disorder

Posted Friday, May 17th 2013 @ 1pm  by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

(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.

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