1 in 5 Children with Mental Disorder? Please.

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A new report from the CDC states that 1 out of every 5 children have a mental disorder.  Who else wants to call bullshit on that?  Talk about over diagnosing!

The report goes on to give its top five:

  • ADHD: 6.8 percent, or 1 in 14
  • Behavioral or conduct problem: 3.5 percent, or 1 in 28
  • Anxiety: 3.0 percent, or 1 in 33
  • Depression: 2.1 percent, or 1 in 50
  • Autism spectrum disorders: 1.1 percent, or 1 in 100
I am using just my opinion here but I think ADHD is way overdiagnosed.  Behavior or conduct problems, to me, can be a function of crappy parenting.  Anxiety and depression are soft calls, at best.  Lastly, autism spectrum disorder is just that…a spectrum.  The obvious cases are, well, obvious.  The high functioning ones are highly questionable and what used to called “quirky personalities” in the old days.   This report seems overblown and now the media will have a field day with it.  The worst part is the overdiagnosing that led to this report will lead experts to say that doctors need to be more vigilant in spotting (and treating) mental disorders which will lead to, you guessed it, more overdiagnosing.  It is a vicious and self fulfilling cycle will only end in controversy when there is a future report saying doctors are overtreating children with psychiatric medications.  And so the bullshit pendulum swings again.