Significant Percentage Of Kids With Mental Health Conditions Treated Only By Pediatricians

The CBS News (10/13, Marcus) website reports that “a significant percentage” of children “with mental health conditions,” such as anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “are treated only by pediatricians,” according to a study published online Oct. 12 in the journal Pediatrics. After analyzing data “from about 43,000 children ages two to 21 who had been seen for mental health issues in outpatient settings between 2008 and 2011,” researchers found that nearly “35 percent of children who go for mental health care in an outpatient setting are treated by a primary care physician only, while 26 percent saw a psychiatrist, and 15 percent saw a psychologist or social worker.”

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— “1 in 3 children with mental health needs only see a pediatrician,” Mary Brophy Marcus, CBS News, October 12, 2015.

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