Teens’ Mental Disorders Often Untreated in U.S., Study Finds

(HealthDay News) — Less than half of American teens with mental health disorders receive treatment, and those who do get help rarely see a mental health specialist, a new study indicates.The findings underscore the need for better mental health services for teens, said study author E. Jane Costello, associate director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy in Durham, N.C."It’s still the case in this country that people don’t take psychiatric conditions as seriously as they should," Costello said in a Duke news release. This remains so, despite a wave of mass shootings in which mental illness may have played a role, she and her colleagues noted.

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Experts Design ‘Toolkit’ to Help Spot Teens With Mental Health Issues

(HealthDay News) — Because many adolescents with mental health problems are never diagnosed and treated, an expert team has come up with a “toolkit” aimed at identifying those kids and getting them the right help.

“One in 10 youths have a mental health condition that is severe enough to impair functioning, either at home, school or in the community,” said Gary Blau, chief of the child, adolescent and family branch of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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