Few Teens with Mental Disorders Get Proper Care - psychiatric Central A large percentage of young people who suffer from severe mental disorders are not receiving adequate care, according to data from a survey of more than 10,000 teens (ages 13-18), funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Prior studies have shown that approximately 20 percent of teens are affected by a severe mental disorder. For the current study, Kathleen Merikangas, Ph.D., of NIMH and a team analyzed data from the National Comorbidity Study-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Specifically, only about 36 percent suffering with a lifetime mental disorder received help; only half of these teens who were significantly impaired by their mental disorder received professional mental health care. Furthermore, 68 percent of the teens who were able to receive professional care visited a provider fewer than six times during their lifetime.