Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Treatment of mental disorders for adolescents in Mexico City

G Borges, C Benjet, ME Medina-Mora, R Orozco, PS Wang

Volume 86, Number 10, October 2008, 757-764

Table 1. Proportion of respondents to the Mexican Adolescent Mental Health Survey being treated by health-care professionals over 12 monthsa

Service provider/treatment Disorder category
Any anxiety Any mood Any impulse control Any substance use Any disorder No disorder Total sample
Any mental health care provider n 78 30 52 13 110 81 191
% (SE) 8.4 (1.4) 12.5 (2.7) 11.3 (1.5) 13.3 (4.4) 9.0 (1.2) 4.2 (0.5) 6.1 (0.5)
General medical services n 4 4 1 0 7 2 9
% (SE) 0.5 (0.3) 1.7 (1.1) 0.2 (0.2) 0.0 (0.0) 0.6 (0.3) 0.1 (0.1) 0.3 (0.1)
Any health-care services n 81 33 52 13 116 83 199
% (SE) 8.7 (1.3) 13.7 (2.8) 11.3 (1.5) 13.3 (4.4) 9.5 (1.2) 4.3 (0.5) 6.3 (0.5)
Human services n 13 3 2 2 13 8 21
% (SE) 1.5 (0.4) 1.3 (0.9) 0.5 (0.1) 2.4 (1.7) 1.1 (0.3) 0.5 (0.2) 0.8 (0.2)
Complementary-alternative medicine n 12 8 13 5 18 9 27
% (SE) 1.7 (0.5) 4.6 (2.0) 3.4 (0.9) 7.1 (3.5) 1.8 (0.4) 0.5 (0.2) 1.0 (0.2)
Any non-health care service n 25 11 15 7 31 15 46
% (SE) 3.1 (0.7) 5.9 (2.1) 3.8 (0.9) 9.5 (4.3) 2.9 (0.6) 0.9 (0.3) 1.7 (0.3)
Special school/class n 3 0 1 0 3 1 4
% (SE) 0.3 (0.2) 0.0 (0.0) 0.2 (0.2) 0.0 (0.0) 0.2 (0.1) 0.0 (0.0) 0.1 (0.1)
Scholar therapy or counsellor n 44 13 30 6 53 23 76
% (SE) 4.7 (0.9) 5.6 (1.8) 6.2 (1.2) 5.6 (1.9) 4.3 (0.7) 1.2 (0.3) 2.4 (0.3)
Any school treatment n 46 13 31 6 55 24 79
% (SE) 4.9 (0.9) 5.6 (1.8) 6.5 (1.2) 5.6 (1.9) 4.4 (0.7) 1.3 (0.3) 2.5 (0.3)
Any treatment n 122 43 77 20 165 115 280
% (SE) 13.3 (1.5) 19.3 (3.1) 17.1 (1.6) 22.2 (5.6) 13.7 (1.2) 6.1 (0.7) 9.1 (0.7)

SE, standard error.a N = 3005.

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