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FINDING THE PROBLEM

ANCHOR LEAD: IDENTIFYING MENTALPROBLEMS IN YOUNGER FOLKS REQUIRES PEDIATRICIANS AND OTHERS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Mental disorders in the pediatric population are the number one health care expenditure in this age group, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports.  Even so many, many kids aren’t identified and treated.  That’s according to Mark Riddle, chair of child psychiatry at Johns Hopkins.  Riddle says more thorough screening by pediatricians and teachers would help.

RIDDLE: The problem is we really haven’t given, I think pediatricians and school personnel, the training that they need so that they can feel comfortable doing an assessment and making a diagnosis, and providing or at least coordinating treatment and care for youngsters.   :30

Riddle says engaging more of the professionals in daily contact with kids would benefit everyone.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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