New CDC report shows rise in mental health disorders among children

The number of children experiencing a mental disorder is rising, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s review found that about one in five children are diagnosed with a mental health condition in a given year. No differences were found based on ethnicity, racial background, age or geographical location.

The most common diagnosis was ADHD, followed by behavioral or conduct disorders, anxiety and depression. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among children 12- to 17-years-old. 

This study was the first of its kind, and highlights the importance of improving access to mental health care for children.