Treatment rates for mental health problems vary among U.S. teens

11/21/2013 | HealthDay News

Among more than 10,000 13- to 17-year-olds, fewer than 50% of those diagnosed with mental health problems were treated, with whites having higher treatment rates than blacks, according to a study published in the journal Psychiatric Services. Teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder or oppositional defiant disorder were more likely to receive treatment than those with phobias or anxiety problems. Many teens sought help from pediatricians, school counselors or probation officers because the number of qualified child mental-health specialists is not enough to meet the demand, study author E. Jane Costello said.

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