For those who remain unaware of the US’s growing epidemic issues regarding mental health, hopefully, this article will serve as a wake-up call.
The following excerpt was first reported by CNN and takes a brief, albeit, somewhat terrifyingly-illuminating look at the current state of the nation’s growing teenage mental illness epidemic, as well as the alarming statistics showing just how few of our nation’s mentally ill are receiving treatment for their gravely serious mental health disorders.
According to JAMA pediatrics, along with a nearly three-year-old survey conducted by the National Survey of Children’s Health Report, roughly 1 out of 7 children live with a severe mental health disorder. What’s worse, the report also found that only about half of mentally ill children receive treatment for their serious mental health-related issues.
Half of Mentally Ill US. Children Go without Treatment
According to JAMA Pediatrics and 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health Report, Half of the US’s Teens go Without Mental Health Treatment – per their report published last Monday in the Journal of JAMA Pediatrics.
“Unfortunately, this is not news for us. We have known that the number of children who have mental illness and that go untreated is very high,” – Dr. Barbara Robles-Ramamurthy, child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio (expert who was not involved with the study, but one who has extensively studied child-related mental illness)
For their report, researchers turned to the most recent data at their disposal – a 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, which is part of a national survey that includes the participation of tens of millions of US parents and their children.
The national survey’s rather enormous report, which included 46.6 million children (ages 6-18), yielded unbelievable statistics that show roughly 7.7 million children in the US. have at least one serious mental health condition or disorder – Mental health conditions and illnesses included in the survey: depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder (among others*).
Even more alarmingly, the study found that over the past year prior to their inquiries, only half of the children with a serious mental health condition actually received any type of psychiatric treatment or medication for their severe illness. Considering the impulsivity, immaturity, and recklessness that is associated with adolescent behavior, the implications of near-countless teens failing to receive treatment for a severe mental illness becomes all too clear: millions of untreated teens are at high-risk of committing any number of wide-ranging self-destructive and detrimental behaviors that range from punching holes in drywall to committing suicide – all self-sabotaging, and even fatal behaviors that could have been avoided with one phone call to a licensed, psychiatric professional.
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