PRLog - Feb. 20, 2013 - NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle, NY—The recent tragedy in Newtown, CT has renewed interest across the country in gun control measures, and it should also be a call-to-action to address gaps in mental health care, especially for children and adolescents. 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, (http://www.liebertpub.com/
"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.
About the Journal
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (http://www.liebertpub.com/
About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers (http://www.liebertpub.com)