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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 use.

**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.