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Nearly half of kids with mental disorders go without treatment, study finds

This article, though shocking, is really not terribly surprising.  With the reduction of the availability of mental health care, the cuts to funding for many programs for these children, and our society’s determination to ignore the problem, it seems that this article is exactly what we should expect.
Caring for these children may mean the difference between lives of productivity or lives of despair.  Which would you choose for your own child?  Why do we let our legislators choose for our children?
Please read the article and let me know what you think.
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December 13, 2009 |  9:02 pm

If your child broke an arm or had a nasty bout of pneumonia, you’d probably visit the doctor. But a new study from researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health finds that only 55% of kids with a mental disorder sought professional treatment.

Kids What’s more, that figure represents an increase in use of mental health services, according to a report being published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics.

The researchers wanted to establish a baseline on the prevalence of six mental health disorders affecting children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 15. Using data from 3,042 kids who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, they  found:

The researchers, led by Kathleen Merikangas of NIMH, found that mental disorders – especially ADHD – were more prevalent among kids with lower socioeconomic status. One exception was the category of anxiety disorders, which were more common among children of higher socioeconomic status.

Still, only 32% of those kids visited a doctor for the condition. Overall, African American and Mexican American children were less likely than whites to get treatment.

— Karen Kaplan

Photo: U.S. scientists say more than 1 out of 10 kids suffers from some kind of mental disorder. Credit: Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune

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