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Psychiatrists have recently conducted a survey and found that approximately 1 in 10 children under 5 years of age show signs of a psychiatric illness, which correlates with adult figures. The primary disorders identified included depression, ADHD, and oppositional defiant disorder. Some experts have rebuked the research findings, particularly on the basis of behavior being due to a chemical imbalance or 'normal' toddler behavior, and questioned what benefits branding a child with a condition could do to their future.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Chronicle Online
About: Mental disorders can be detected in young children
Date: 8 December 2005
Source: The Chronicle Online
Author: Daniel Feinglos
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