More than 17 million children in the United States have or have had a diagnosable mental illness, yet most are not treated, according to the first annual Children’s Mental Health Report released by the Child Mind Institute (CMI) in New York City.

The fact that so many children are struggling with these debilitating and serious disorders without competent psychiatric care represents a very serious public health problem, Child Mind Institute President Harold Koplewicz, MD, told Medscape Medical News.

Among the report’s highlights: 80% of children with anxiety disorder are not getting treatment and 60% of kids with diagnosable depression are not getting treatment.

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