Narrator: This is Science Today. For years, there's been concern about the quality of mental health care in this country and whether or not people are receiving adequate treatment. Alexander Young, an assistant professor of psychology at UCLA, recently published one of the first national studies evaluating the quality of mental health care.
Young: We found that about two-thirds of people with serious depression or anxiety disorders weren't getting any treatment that's likely to be helpful. So it provided an opportunity to really get a more definitive national sense of what's going on.
Narrator: Young says there are a few major reasons why this is, including the type of health insurance people have, but also because of a sense of stigma in our society over mental health conditions.
Young: So I think that it's not that these are particularly difficult disorders to offer treatment for, I think it's that there's some sensitivity around these disorders and neither the physician or the patient wants to see them as a psychiatric disorder. They'd rather see it as, you know, chronic fatigue syndrome or some medical problem or some reason why they're feeling tired or having all this anxiety.
Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.