Study: 1/2 US Kids, Teens With Mental Health Issue Untreated


Half of all American children with a mental health condition are not getting the necessary treatment.

That’s according to a new study published in the journal “JAMA Pediatrics” on Monday.

Researchers looked at data from a survey of nearly 50-million kids ages six through 18, filled out by their parents.

They found 7.7-million children had at least one mental health condition.

The conditions include depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Researchers found only half of them got treatment or counseling from a mental health provider in the last 12 months.

Among the challenges: Families are concerned about the stigma of a mental health condition and being able to afford treatment and there’s a severe shortage of mental health providers who treat children and adolescents.

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