Many Kids With Mental Health Issues Go Untreated


In addition, he noted, nearly two-thirds of youths aged 10 to 17 with mental health issues and adverse childhood experiences didn’t receive care, which can lead to other negative outcomes.

“That’s really troubling as well,” Hadzic said. “This includes adolescence, especially later adolescence, when they are more likely to be liable criminally for offenses, and more likely to engage in suicidal behavior, for example, leading to death. That’s completely preventable. They’re not being identified. I don’t see them.”

Missed diagnoses of conditions in kids of color is one issue, which was evident in another study published recently in JAMA Network Open. It showed disparities in the identification and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in Asian, Black and Hispanic children. Lack of resources in lower-income communities, prior negative experiences with medical professionals, and historical malpractice against people of color are also factors.

To make matters worse, the surveys examined for the latest research were completed in 2008, 2011 and 2014. By several metrics, the COVID-19 pandemic period has been extremely difficult for children, and high-risk kids are likely bearing the brunt of the trauma.

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