July 25, 2005

Adolescents & Bipolar Disorder

MENTAL HEALTH; U of Pennsylvania researcher finds teen mental health declining in U.S.

A new article discusses the rising number of adolescents suffering from brain or mood disorders. Unfortunately, the article states that despite this rise in incidence, "getting...teens diagnosed and cared for is a challenge that is not being met...." A new book mentioned in the article discusses this issue. The book titled, "Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders: What We Know and What We Don't Know - A Research Agenda for Improving the Mental Health of Our Youth," addresses the issue by "(detailing findings) in which 150 mental health specialists analyze recent research on teen mental health problems."

The researchers mentioned in the book claim that 1 in 5 adolescents may suffer from a brain or mood disorder. Despite this large number, there seems to be a major deficiency in the treatments available for adolescents. The article posits that treating adolescent brain or mood disorders "...is not a priority on the nation's public health agenda..." This and other contributing factors such as "limited knowledge" on how to treat adolescents results in the misdiagonsis and undiagnosis of suffering adolescents.

To aid this situation, "experts' recommendations" include:

...school-based services for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of adolescent mental health problems must be improved. Primary care physicians must improve their ability to recognize and diagnose mental health disorders, and refer teens to specialists for further help, and the healthcare system should allow treatment of different disorders by different practitioners.

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Title: "MENTAL HEALTH; U of Pennsylvania researcher finds teen mental health declining in U.S."
Source: http://www.newsrx.com/
Date: July 25, 2005


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