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Mental health study in kids and teens

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Only about half of young Americans with common mental health disorders are getting the professional help they need.

The study was led by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Center for Health Statistics and published in Pediatrics

N.I.H. researchers interviewed more than 3,000 kids and teens.  They found the most commonly diagnosed disorder was ADHD. 3% had depression, and less than 1% had anxiety or eating disorders.

Of those who had been diagnosed, just 55% had consulted a mental health professional about it.

Only about a third with an anxiety disorder were receiving treatment.

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