CDC Mental Health Report Expands on Treatment, Occurrence of Disorders

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- One in five kids has a mental disorder, and those estimates are increasing.

That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now, the CDC has released its first ever report to describe federal efforts meant to monitor mental disorders.

The report, which is the first of its kind, describes federal efforts meant to monitor mental disorders.

Clinical Director Dane Byers, LPC with Crossroads Counseling Center said that the key is early treatment.

People with the CDC hope the report will help people to better understand childhood mental disorders.

About 247 billion dollars each year is spent on mental health.

The report also found that ADHD was the most prevalent diagnosis among kids from three to 17 years old.

As kids got older, the number of disorders increased.

That does not include Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is highest among six to 11 year old's.

Byers said medication for treatment should not be used alone, but should be used alongside other practices, including counseling.

"It is important especially for youth populations for counseling and psychotherapy to begin quickly and medication treatments can be helpful," said Byers.

Byers said research-wise there's still more to be determined about medicines for kids and adolescents.

If parents are considering counseling, Byers recommends speaking with a doctor or pediatrician, who can recommend one.


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