Essay about Kiran Is Not Your Average 11 Year Old

1103 Words Oct 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Kiran is not your average 11 year old. At the age of 5 years old, Kiran was diagnosed with early onset depression. Many wondered how a 5 year old could possibly have a mental disorder. Fortunately for Kiran, his teachers realized there was something peculiar about his behavior and notified his parents (NY Times, 2010). It is estimated that 1 out of 5 children in the United States like him will be diagnosed with a mental disorder. If not addressed, mental illnesses negatively impact the child and their ability to learn and contribute to society. Due to the increase in diagnoses of mental illnesses in children, it is imperative that communities implement more supportive programs for children. The DSM-V classifies a mental disorder as a behavioral or psychological syndrome or pattern that occurs in an individual (APA, 2012). A patient with a mental disorder may exhibit physical and/or emotional symptoms. Out of the 74.2 million children in the United States (under 18), approximately 15 million, or 20%, have a mental disorder. Those percentages mirror the number of adults with a mental disorder (1 in 4 or ~25%). The most common mental illnesses in children are: ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder), anxiety, eating disorders, learning disorders, mood disorders and tic disorders. Some studies also include autism spectrum disorder as the most common illness. These diseases are caused by a variety of factors and problems, such as the child’s environment, genes, and…

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