In 2007, 8.2 percent of adolescents (an estimated 2.0 million youths aged 12 to 17) experienced at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year, and about two fifths (38.9 percent) of those received treatment for depression in the past year. Among adolescents with past year MDE, those with no health insurance coverage were much less likely than those with Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program or private health insurance to have received treatment (17.2 vs. 42.9 and 40.6 percent, respectively). Among those adolescents who saw or talked to a medical doctor or other professional about depression, 58.8 percent saw or talked to a counselor, 36.8 percent saw or talked to a psychologist, 27.3 percent saw or talked to a psychiatrist or psychotherapist, and 26.6 percent saw or talked to a general practitioner or family doctor.
Date Added: 6/01/09
Inventory #: NSDUH09-0511