New Study Finds Only 9% Of U.S. Children Have Mental Illness

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By Tommy McRobotface

WASHINGTON—Providing important insight into how today’s children are faring in their lives, a new study released Friday by the National Institutes of Health found that only 9 percent of U.S. children currently suffer from mental illness. “From an MRI scan of their brains, we discovered that only 9 percent of the nation’s children have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, or addiction disorders, and only 9 percent suffer from epilepsy,” said the study’s author, Dr. Steven M. Caprio, adding that the study focused solely on children who are currently taking medication and performing a range of other medical tasks, as opposed to those who have a diagnosis of depression, bipolar disorder, or ADHD–related learning disabilities. “While 9 percent of children have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, 4 percent have a problem with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, 13 percent have a history of postpartum depression, and 3 percent have anorexia nervosa, it’s important to note that these children are still, at this point, still children and not fully developed.” The study also found that only 9 percent of children currently experience postpartum depression, a troubling statistic that has plagued many mothers over the years.

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