Reasons for mental health treatment/counseling* among persons
aged 12-17 who received treatment, 2002** (horizontal bar
chart): Felt depressed, 49.5%; Breaking rules or “acting out”,
26.7%; Suicidal thoughts or attempts, 19.5%; Felt very afraid or
tense, 19.5%; Family/home problems, 13.8%; School-related issues,
9.8%; Eating problems, 9.1%; Social/friend problems, 8.0%; Other
diagnosed mental/neurological disorder, 2.8%; Other reason(s), 22.3%.
*Mental health treatment/counseling for youths is defined as having
received treatment of counseling for any of 10 specific sources
for emotional or behavioral problems not caused by alcohol or drug
**Respondents could indicate multiple reasons; therefore, response
categories total more than 100%.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(2003). Overview of Findings from the 2002 National Survey on Drug
Use and Health. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services. Page 42, mental health; Page 47, substance abuse.