Majority of America’s 2 Million Adolescents Suffering From Depression Episodes Did Not Receive Treatment in the Past Year
Adolescents without health insurance were less than half as likely to get treatment as those with Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program or private health insurance coverage. A new report that coincides with Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day reveals that 8.2 percent (2 million) of youth between ages 12 and 17 experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Only about two-fifths (38.9 percent) of these adolescents received treatment during this period according to the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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