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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April 26, 2016

Preventing Kids’ Mental and Developmental Problems

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JAMA. 2016;315(16):1694. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4002

Early intervention can help some children outgrow mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. But for those with problems that linger into adulthood—attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, for example—knowing which factors in a child’s surroundings influence those conditions may aid in preventing them or improving early identification and treatment.

In a recent study, CDC investigators analyzed data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health. Among children aged 2 to 8 years, 15.4% had been diagnosed with at least 1 of the following conditions: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, behavioral or conduct problems, Tourette syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, learning disability, intellectual disability, developmental delay, or speech or other language problems (Bitsko RH et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65[9]:221-226).

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