The causes and consequences of untreated mental illness in this population is the focus of a timely editorial in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available on the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology website.
“America desperately needs a national conversation about mental health—particularly child and adolescent mental health,” says Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, and President, Child Mind Institute, New York, NY. “Stigma, misinformation, and lack of access to care have created a public health crisis that in rare instances erupts in deadly violence toward others.”
Limited research focused on the development of innovative, evidence-based treatments is also contributing to this growing problem. Silence and inaction are contributing factors and result in another type of tragedy, “the marginalization of young people struggling with psychiatric disorders,” says Dr. Koplewicz.