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Commonly Reported Reasons for Receiving Mental Health Treatment* Among Adolescents Aged 12-17 Years Who Received Treatment, 2008

Percent of children receiving treatment:

  • Felt Depressed 48.6
  • Problems at Home/Family 28.9
  • Breaking Rules/Acting Out 25.7
  • Contemplated/Attempted Suicide 20.4
  • Felt Afraid or Tense 19.6
  • Problems at School 18.9
  • Trouble Controlling Anger 16.3
  • Problems with Friends 14.0

* Data are for most recent visit, and respondents could list more than one reason for treatment. Does not include treatment for problems caused by drug or alcohol use.

Source II.11: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, National Survey of Drug Use and Health

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