Mental disorders common among US children, CDC says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 20 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3281
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

As many as one in five US children suffers from a mental disorder in a given year, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The article, “Mental health surveillance among children—United States, 2005-2011,” which was published as a supplement of the 17 May issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), is the first comprehensive report on children’s mental health in the US, the CDC said.

The report summarizes information gathered from a wide variety of federal surveillance programs, including those of the CDC, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance …

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