Neurological Disease and Conditions
Of the four new categories of disease, the explosion of neurological diseases and conditions may be the most troubling. Thirteen neurological diseases and conditions have exploded since 1990 and when we include sleep, there are now more than 198 million instances of these diseases and conditions in the US population today.
In the past generation alone, autism has grown at 2094%, Psycho-social – attentional problems - 809%, Alzheimer’s - 299% and Bi-polar disorder in children, has increased by a staggering 10,833%. Please note that four conditions which are sometimes referred to as mental health conditions are included in our neurological category.
All four have a psychological component. Yet each also shares the same biological underpinnings with the other neurological conditions. In particular, individuals experiencing neurological conditions listed here share a profound imbalance of neurotransmitters, including deficiencies in dopamine and serotonin. Additionally, pervasive neuron death, a hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and ALS, is also a chief characteristic of conditions like depression, bi-polar, ADD, anxiety and other psycho-social conditions. Here is a snapshot of the growth and magnitude of the societal impact from eleven neurological conditions:
|Disease/ Condition||Total Affected||Generational Growth||Total Cost|
|ADD/ ADHD||5,312,000||139%||$204.5 billion|
|Panic Disorder||6,000,000||263%||(included above)|
|Autism Spectrum||4,664,280||2094%||$268.2 billion|
|Bipolar Disorder (children)||768,481||10833%||$151 billion|
|Sleep: apnea||47,835,000||430%||$115 billion|
|Sleep: insomnia||61,228,800||123%||$113 billion|