Skip to comments.Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009
Posted on 11/18/2010 11:15:18 AM PST by NormsRevenge
CHICAGO (Reuters) More than 45 million Americans, or 20 percent of U.S. adults, had some form of mental illness last year, and 11 million had a serious illness, U.S. government researchers reported on Thursday.
Young adults aged 18 to 25 had the highest level of mental illness at 30 percent, while those aged 50 and older had the lowest, with 13.7 percent, said the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA.
The rate, slightly higher than last year's 19.5 percent figure, reflected increasing depression, especially among the unemployed, SAMHSA, part of the National Institutes of Health, said.
"Too many Americans are not getting the help they need and opportunities to prevent and intervene early are being missed," Pamela Hyde, SAMHSA's administrator, said in a statement.
"The consequences for individuals, families and communities can be devastating. If left untreated mental illnesses can result in disability, substance abuse, suicides, lost productivity, and family discord."
The 2009 mental health survey hints at the impact of record unemployment rates, which last year hit a 25-year high as struggling employers slashed jobs to cope with a weak economy.
For many, lost employment meant loss of health insurance, leaving many of the nation's mentally ill unable to get treatment.
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One more thing the Democrat leadership can hang their hat on?
That corresponds roughly to the number of libtards in the country.
And I will venture a guess that 3 out of those 5 Americans suffering from mental illness get help. The rest just vote for Democrats.
Blacks vote Dem in a 95% block ... doesn’t that count?
1 in 5 huh? Geez, I had no idea that 20% of the country was liberal.
I’d put it at right around 50% if, as I do, you define voting for a democrat as evidence of a mental disease.
carry this average over to gubamint officials and we got a lot of crazy folk running things. ;-)
Oh good - so only 20% of us are liberals?;)
Beat me to it. This sort of thing writes itself.
...and it’s pretty obvious now that that 1/5 has been running the asylum for some time...
...and most of them are elected officials or GS employees...
The 1 in 5 thing is bogus. It was proven conclusively that 53% were mentally ill in November of 2008. How did so many get cured in a few short months?
“...It was proven conclusively that 53% were mentally ill in November of 2008. How did so many get cured in a few short months?”
Shock therapy....the cost of Obamacare made them come to their senses.
Once they label the majority of Americans mentally ill, it will be the minority who will be deemed “crazy” as they are outside the normal.
Insanity is hereditary.
You get it from your kids.
Nope. If you can be classified as mentally ill you can be stripped of your right to keep and bear arms. Watch where this is going. I can guarantee you there’s an agenda there and it isn’t to help you get your head screwed on straight.
Take a close look at your four closest friends. If they seem normal...
“Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009”
Yeah - Liberals. (See Michael Savage’s book “Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder”)
That’s nothing. Five out of five have mental illness in Washington DC.
One in five Americans have a mental illness. Think of your four best friends. If they’re normal - you’re the one.
I do not have the link readily available, but Gallup runs a long-term poll where about 20% of American voters self-identify as “liberal/progressive”, 42% as “conservative” and the rest as “moderate”.
20% cannot control the other 80% without force. And we have the assets.
... and the guns
yet can still host msnbc shows...
Be careful, the Obama administrtions is preparing the way to put political dissenters in mental wards, like China.
...preparing the ground for more gun-grabbing...
And most are Democrat voters!
All are mad, but thee and me. And even thou art a little queer.
These kinds of reports are driving me craz....geez, what am I saying???
Quite an improvement over the 2 in 5, in 2008 when they elected Barry!
How much of this statistic is real “mental illness” and how much of it is the “mental illness professionals’ industry complex” and their inflated call, their self-serving, job-creating call, in this era, about what constitutes a “mental illness” today.
In modern psychological and psychiatric parlance almost any “bad” behavior can be called a “mental illness”.
Instead of kids being disciplined, at home or anywhere else, the school forces the parents to seek “psychological counseling” for the child, the “psychologist” most definitely agrees that the child has a ‘mental illness’, drugs are prescribed, the family’s insurance pays for all the drugs and treatment (as required by state insurance mandates) and all the academic and “health care” professionals pat themselves on the back (while patting their wallets);
while the kid obtains permanent notice that he/she surely has a “mental illness” for which he/she will need to be giving more business to the mental health professionals for the rest of his/her life.
The process continues into adulthood, as the bad behavior is excused as the fault of the illness, and then the person’s insurance from their employment is pulled into the act to keep the “mental health” profession’s business plan covered.
That - job protection, job insurance for health care specialties - is what state health insurance mandates are actually all about.
I bet there is a one-to-one correlation between the rise in the incidence of “mental illness” and the rise in state insurance mandates for all kinds of “counseling” and education requirements that mandate students with “bad behavior” must also receive psychiatric evaluation and “counseling” - also to be covered by mandated insurance coverage.
The professionals get laws that require people be steered to them and laws that require “insurance” pay for it all, and suddenly, in all kinds of “health care issues” there has never been as many “sick” people.
Its a racket.
Yes. Experts decree that 1 in 5 Americans are mentally ill, but homosexuality is cool.
It's like Global Warming
“What can I do? You’re driving me crazy.”
The American Psychological Association lobbied heavily and was successful at getting mental health benefits on the same level as medical. Parity is going to kick in 1/1/11. One of the reasons premiums are going up. Paperwork is almost doubling and all of a sudden electronic medical records and defined case management basis diagnosis are going to become commonplace. They should have been happy with what they had.
There was a time when Medicaid didn’t pay providers in Texas if they used a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder as it was classified as a behavior problem, not mental illness. Don’t know if that is still true or not but I do know that a lot of mental health providers switched to something else - like Adjustment Disorder. It is a racket.
Apparently, one of those seriously mentally ill Americans wrote this article.
“They should have been happy with what they had.”
True, but many entered that field because they were a bit off themselves.
If only they would ‘off’ themselves. Well, I can hope, can’t I?
This is a hugely stressful society the international elitists have socially, economically and politically engineered. It’s only going to get worse.
Totally agree. It’s all so horrible it has to be some part of some crazy sick warped group agenda. And the antidepressants, antipsychotics, and other psych drugs misrepresented as being able to “cure” or “help” mental illness can actually by themselves, cause permanent mental and physical disability, suicide or homicides. The sealed medical records of a number of school shooters would prove the damage these drugs can cause. There is a video called Dead Wrong that shows what happened when a teenager who had had bad dreams was given “samples” of a common psych drug.
Liberalism is a mental disorder . : )
Sing it from the rooftops Muchacho uhh,, man!!
I’m deep in infested Bay Area ,, Lofgren, Honda, Stark, local district reps. Fortney Pete ? prime candidate
Not particularly surprising when we are told gay is okay, not knowing if you are a boy or a girl is normal, being an illegal alien gives you the same rights as a citizen, being taxed at a rate of half of everything you make is reasonable, we spontaneously emerged from a pool of primordial goo with no evidence, we caused the earth to warm and we have caused all the worlds ills despite being the most generous nation on earth... and we are surprised that 20% of us are mentally ill? Really?
Women voters tend to lean Democrat -- I think we've found an explanation.
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