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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 3, 2013

Costly Mental Disorders Affect Millions of US Children and Teens

JAMA. 2013;310(1):23. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7257

Up to 20% of children and adolescents in the United States have a mental disorder in a given year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported.

The report, a collaboration with other federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is the first account of how many US children and teens aged 3 to 17 years have mental disorders. Data reported between 2005 and 2011 are included in the document.

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