CDC study finds 1 in 5 kids may have a mental disorder
By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian REUTERS
NEW YORK — Up to 20 percent of children in the United States suffer from a mental disorder, and the number of kids diagnosed with one has been rising for more than a decade, according to a report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- In the agency’s first-ever study of mental disorders among children age 3 to 17, researchers found childhood mental illnesses affect up to 1 in 5 kids and cost $247 billion per year in medical bills, special education and juvenile justice.
Children with mental disorders — defined as “serious deviations from expected cognitive, social and emotional development” — often have trouble learning in school, making friends, and building relationships later in life, the report said.
They are more likely to have other chronic health problems, such as asthma and diabetes, and are at risk for developing mental illnesses as adults.
“This is a deliberate effort by CDC to show mental health is a health issue. As with any health concern, the more attention we give to it, the better. It’s parents becoming aware of the facts and talking to a health-care provider about how their child is learning, behaving and playing with other kids,” said Dr. Ruth Perou, the study’s lead author.
The study cited data collected between 1994 and 2011 that showed that the number of kids with mental disorders is growing. The study stopped short of concluding why, but suggested improvements in diagnoses as one possible explanation
Perou said more research is needed to determine the specific causes of mental disorders, and that greater awareness could lead to an uptick in diagnoses. A host of environmental factors, including chemical exposure and poverty, also can affect a child’s mental health, she said.
The most prevalent mental-health diagnosis, as reported by parents, was attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, which affects 6.8 percent of children. Also common were: behavioral-conduct problems; anxiety, which consists mostly of fears and phobias; depression; and autism spectrum disorders. Many of these disorders occur together, the report said.
- Boys were found more likely to have most of the listed disorders, except for depression and alcohol abuse, which affect more girls.
It is unconscionable that one of the richest countries in the world with every conceivable advantage possible, can allow agencies and services which are in existence – – there to serve our needs; to become so powerful that everything gets upside down. These very agencies and services don’t protect us, but become endowed with the force of law to foist onto us products and procedures which not only do not help us, but cripple, maim and kill us and destroy the lives of our children.
This of course is freely allowed by our duly elected government officials from the top down to members of all branches of government which has not been diligent in serving the highest good of our deserving public who still believes that we are a free people, protected by constitutional law with certain rights of “freedom,” and “choice” as they say. Turns out we are living in someone else’s dream, believing in fairy tales and myth.
It wasn’t always that way, indeed ; the FDA and Dept of Agriculture were seriously needed – – one must regulate such as these because we are dealing with what serves the greater good for all the people. However, the medical complex with all it’s power-constructs and funded by the insatiable pharmaceutical- juggernaut, including the funding of medical schools who crank out the healers who minister to our needs, obedient to the view that all our problems are satisfied by either surgery or pharmaceuticals, but watch helplessly as people worsen, fade and expire. Standard allopathic medicine is taken up entirely with fighting disease by what is termed acceptable, established methods, in essence – a rigid, elitist stance. Close-minded is not science, it is tyranny.
For our population to enjoy health, our physicians must become expert in what health is and understand what it takes to be healthy and how to get back to it once it is askew. Don’t worry, I’m not going to talk about Hippocrates again, but only mention that all founding fathers of medicine understood that they had to be teachers as well as healers. (sorry. . ), and Food is the best medicine. But we are screwed there too, because what BIG PhRMA doesn’t control, the “biotech” companies do. And both deal in chemicals. So between the pharmaceuticals, Monsanto with all its pesticides and GMO and so called “science”………. . collectively, our world is being destroyed – let me count the ways! (but not now).
Suffice it to say that between our type of healthcare allowed (covered by insurance, therefore – acceptable even to our government), which doesn’t help or heal people because the treatment offered, most generally is further toxification; and the food people are able to buy, uninformed as we are (without labels – which we ARE entitled to, by law), grown in depleted soils with synthetic chemicals is all but devoid of nutrition. There is no mystery regarding the sorry state of health in American society. Yes, Americans are almost totally mal-nourished, occupying a much lower status of importance to the profit thrust of the corporate structure.
But wait, the story is only partly told. While the uber-rich become wealthier evermore – – the sinking middle-class is asked to give more and more, and do with less and less on every level, most especially, Medical care. The reasons are simple. As poor as medical care is for Americans, it remains extraordinarily expensive. The struggling middle-class can’t afford it, ergo, do without much of what they need. The wealthy always get the best of everything. The poor get what authorities deem necessary, generally, doesn’t include any bells or whistles. Still, medical costs are breaking the back of America’s budget. But does this cause anyone to re-think what’s going on? Not so one would notice.
We need freedom from America’s medical system. Childhood vaccines are not helping our children lead better or healthier lives. Has anyone at all paid attention to any of the figures lately? Medicine is playing games and got hooks into those who make decisions and get laws enacted, or better yet, riding in on the backs of necessary laws and often, nobody notices because these are deceptively tacked on after discussion is over and just waiting for signature.
All the strong-arm tactics have come around because too many parents have resisted giving consent for all this indiscriminate doctoring. Families do not want all these toxins going into their kids. When they wind up damaged, there is no recourse. Can’t really sue. Anything a doctor offers should be subject to parental decision and with out threat or fear. Otherwise, we have to stop calling this country a Democracy and see it for what it is – a police state which is functioning as terrorists. How can people not see this?
I am not advocating rioting in the streets, but I AM advocating that people put their foot down to being treated like imbeciles. The medical establishment has shown such poor taste and judgement while overtly bankrupting our nation and the PEOPLE DON’T WANT IT. Since government won’t listen to our words; heed our petitions . . . . think about it.. . what’s it gonna take?Jan)