Use of Mental Health Services
A range of services, including counseling, therapies, and medications, can help children with emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions. However, not all children who have these conditions receive treatment for them. Overall, of children with one or more emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions, 45.6 percent received treatment or counseling from a mental health professional. This percentage was higher for children with more than one condition, but even among children with three or more conditions, more than one quarter (28.5 percent) did not receive any mental health services.
Medications can be particularly helpful in stabilizing emotions, improving concentration, and regulating behavior in children with emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions. A substantial percentage of children with these conditions took medications for their conditions in the past year, with percentages ranging from 41.1 percent of children with one condition to 77.6 percent of children with three or more conditions.