Infographic: Children’s Mental Health in the United States

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Children’s 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 mental disorder and a new CDC MMWR Supplement finds that millions of American children live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome or a host of other mental health issues.

“Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States, 2005-2011,” is the first-ever report to describe federal efforts on monitoring mental disorders, and presents estimates of the number of children aged 3-17 years with specific mental disorders, compiling information from different data sources covering the period of 2005-2011. Key metrics from the report are highlighted in this infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report is an important step to better understand children’s mental disorders, identify gaps in data, and develop public health strategies to protect and promote children’s mental health, so children can reach their full potential in life.

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You may also be interested in this related resource: Managing Behavioral Healthcare Manual, 4th Edition.

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