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3/4 of children with mental disorders are not getting the recommended treatment

Posted Sep 01 2008 7:12pm
Parents who have not (yet) encountered mental health care providers assume that, like with drugs, there are certain rules and guidelines to what treatments will be offered. And that they will be followed or you'll be told why.

What is perplexing is that with mental health even when there are rules, the great majority of patients aren't offered the recommended treatments.

Imagine: "An estimated 15 million American children are diagnosed with a mental disorder, but only about a quarter of them are getting appropriate treatment based on scientific evidence."

About a quarter. Imagine how it is in countries with fewer resources.

Why isn't this considered a public health crisis? Instead, it is a crisis in millions of households who trust their providers to do the right thing and have no idea they are getting the modern equivalent of leaches and Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root.
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