The Diseases We Leave Untreated

Dec 20 2012 @ 2:41pm

Aaron Carroll, a pediatricianadvocates for more mental health services:

I've seen mental health illness in children, and our system is ill-equipped to handle it. I've seen families struggle with it. One of my greatest frustrations with clinical practice is that there are far too many times when I lack the tools necessary to care for children who need help. It's relatively easy to cure an infection or an acute physical ailment. It's so much harder to take a mental health issue. There are rarely pills that will do the job. Even when they are, they almost never work perfectly to eradicate the problem.

Studies show that more than 10% of children in the United States might benefit from some sort of mental health treatment. Most don't get it.

Reader thoughts on mental illness here.