“About 70 percent of U.S. teens who have serious emotional or behavioral difficulties receive mental health services that don’t involve taking medications,” reports LiveScience, discussing a new comprehensive report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about what sorts of mental health services teens have been accessing.
“About 4 percent of all adolescents ages 12 to 17 had a serious mental health problem and had received nonmedication services in the previous six months,” reports LiveScience. The most common form of nonmedical service being accessed was counseling in schools. Some of these same teens were also accessing psychiatric medical services at the same time, though.
“There are many nonmedication mental health services that have evidence that they are effective for treating mental health disorders, so it is important to know whether teens are receiving services,” psychiatrist Dr. David Axelson told LiveScience.
Two-Thirds of US Teens with Mental Health Problems Get Counseling (LiveScience, August 27, 2014)
Use of Selected Nonmedication Mental Health Services by Adolescent Boys and Girls With Serious Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties: United States, 2010–2012 (NCHS Data Brief, Number 163, August 2014.)