Mental Health Care For Children: The Bigger Picture

Recent data revealed that mental health conditions are widespread in the U.S. that parents have shared concern over the lack of access to professional help. In one case, a mother of a depressed child initially thought that having health insurance would make her daughter eligible for an abrupt therapy session but to no avail.

A report by PBS featured the story of a parent who acquired health insurance, but it did not help her get the professional assistance that her depressed daughter needed. She claimed that her daughter had been showing signs of depression and panic attacks for the last seven months. During those episodes, she was said to be agitated and she cried most of the time. She was even aggressive toward the parent’s attempt to calm her down, which made the mother very worried for her daughter’s well-being.

Knowing that she was maintaining health insurance, the mother dialed the plan’s list of health professionals that could help with her daughter’s depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, most of them were not taking new patients or revealed that they could only entertain the daughter in three months’ time. Some even claimed that they were not professionally competent to address her daughter’s conditions.

Luckily, the mother tried to contact therapists who were not on the health plan list. She found a good one and her daughter has been seeing the therapist for months of weekly sessions. Her daughter is now feeling much better.

The story highlighted the lack of mental health professionals who are equipped to work with young people. In fact, a report from Today revealed horrible statistics that showed mental health conditions among children and teens have been substantially rising and are expected to triple in the coming years.

The report said that 4.4 million children aged 3-17 are diagnosed with anxiety while 1.9 are suffering from depression. It was also revealed that depression is the leading cause of disability among adolescents, and it is the second leading causes of death among children and teens. Furthermore, 22 percent of children who live below the poverty line have mental health issues while 50 perent of children diagnosed with these conditions did not receive mental health services in 2018.