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Study on Mental Health Disorders and Treatment in Children

by Colleen Fleiss on February 12, 2019 at 8:12 AM
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Study on Mental Health Disorders and Treatment in Children

In the United States an estimated 7.7 million children (16.5%) have at least one mental health disorder and about half didn't receive treatment from a mental health professional, revealed new survey.

An estimated 46.6 million children were included for analysis and prevalence estimates varied widely by state.

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For example, the prevalence of children with at least one mental health disorder ranged from 7.6 percent in Hawaii to 27.2 percent in Maine and the prevalence of children with a mental health disorder not treated or counseled by a mental health professional ranged from 29.5 percent in Washington, D.C., to 72.2 percent in North Carolina.

Policy efforts to improve treatment across the states are needed.

Author: Daniel G. Whitney, Ph.D., and Mark D. Peterson, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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(doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.5399)

Editor's Note: The article includes funding/support disclosures. Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.

Source: Eurekalert
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