Mental Disorders Skyrocket: Try This to Avoid Becoming the Next Victim
By Dr. Mercola
Two years ago, Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, discussed how a shocking 46 percent of Americans fit a diagnosis for one form of mental illness or another.1
Now, a report2 released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that nearly 20 percent of American children (aged 3 to 17) suffer from some form of mental disorder, loosely defined as “serious changes in the ways children handle their emotions, learn, or behave.”
Included in this category are use of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. The cost to society is estimated to be close to $247 billion per year for medical expenses, juvenile justice and special education—up from $8.9 billion in 2006.
The most prevalent mental health problem among three- to 17-year-olds is ADHD, affecting nearly seven percent of children and teens. Interestingly, there appears to be some fairly significant sex differences: