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CDC REPORT: 1 in 5 U.S. kids has a mental disorder

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The CDC has released the single most comprehensive report to date on specific mental disorders in children.

According to the Director of the CDC, "This first report of its kind documents that millions of children are living with depression, substance use disorders, ADHD and other mental health conditions." 

Guest Dr. David Walsh returned recently from Washington, D.C. where he spoke about what he says is one of the biggest problems facing the education system in America today: Executive function. Executive function is defined as the cognitive process that regulates an individual's (in this case ages 3-17) ability to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, manage time efficiently and make decisions. Impairment of executive function is seen in a range of disorders, including some pervasive developmental disorders and nonverbal learning disabilities. The report also finds that behavioral disorders affect 2.1 million children.

David Walsh, Ph.D. is one of the world's leading authorities on children, teens, parenting, family life, and the impact of technology on children's health and development. Walsh spoke to FOX 9 about what the prevalence of health issues means for children and parents alike.

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