5.51 Depressed teens mostly struggle alone, The Los Angeles Times, Apr. 29, 2011
Survey results released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that about eight percent of American adolescents reported an episode of major depression in the preceding year, but only a third of those affected had received treatment. Teens who had suffered from a depressive episode were more likely to have misused prescription drugs or alcohol. According to SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde, the findings underscore the importance of identifying and treating children’s mental health problems early, since treatment “can turn a life around and reduce the impact of mental illness and substance abuse in America’s communities.” The findings are from a national survey of drug use and health conducted in 2009. The survey also found that about 15 percent of teens said they had seriously contemplated suicide in the preceding year.
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