Use of Mental Health Services and Treatment Among Children
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) show that approximately half (50.6 percent) of children with mental disorders had received treatment for their disorder within the past year. There were some differences between treatment rates depending on the category of mental disorder. Children with anxiety disorders were the least likely (32.2 percent) to have received treatment in the past year.
Merikangas KR, He JP, Brody D, Fisher PW, Bourdon K, Koretz DS. Prevalence and treatment of mental disorders among US children in the 2001-2004 NHANES. Pediatrics. 2010, 125(1):75-81
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) examines depression treatment among youth ages 12 to 17 each year through the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). NSDUH's most recent data are for 2008 and show that 37.7 percent of youth with depression received treatment for their disorder. The chart below shows this estimate, as well as those from the preceding 4 years.
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- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
- National Institute of Mental Health's National Comorbidity Survey
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Expenditures for Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Treatment Report