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Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/18/10 | Julie Steenhuysen

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


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1 posted on 11/18/2010 11:15:20 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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One more thing the Democrat leadership can hang their hat on?


2 posted on 11/18/2010 11:16:07 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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That corresponds roughly to the number of libtards in the country.


3 posted on 11/18/2010 11:16:38 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


4 posted on 11/18/2010 11:17:12 AM PST by LottieDah (Exterminate the 'Rats and save the Republic!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Blacks vote Dem in a 95% block ... doesn’t that count?


5 posted on 11/18/2010 11:17:22 AM PST by jessduntno (In the news: Arab assassins. Pirates. Dengue. Cholera. Typhoid. Hookworm. Bedbugs. Cripes ...)
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To: NormsRevenge

1 in 5 huh? Geez, I had no idea that 20% of the country was liberal.


6 posted on 11/18/2010 11:17:33 AM PST by skimbell
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To: NormsRevenge

I’d put it at right around 50% if, as I do, you define voting for a democrat as evidence of a mental disease.


7 posted on 11/18/2010 11:17:43 AM PST by DManA
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carry this average over to gubamint officials and we got a lot of crazy folk running things. ;-)


8 posted on 11/18/2010 11:17:43 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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Oh good - so only 20% of us are liberals?;)


9 posted on 11/18/2010 11:17:48 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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Beat me to it. This sort of thing writes itself.


10 posted on 11/18/2010 11:17:48 AM PST by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: NormsRevenge

...and it’s pretty obvious now that that 1/5 has been running the asylum for some time...


11 posted on 11/18/2010 11:18:33 AM PST by Jim 0216
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Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009

...and most of them are elected officials or GS employees...

12 posted on 11/18/2010 11:20:53 AM PST by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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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?


13 posted on 11/18/2010 11:21:24 AM PST by Minn
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“...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.


14 posted on 11/18/2010 11:23:27 AM PST by LottieDah (Exterminate the 'Rats and save the Republic!)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


15 posted on 11/18/2010 11:26:58 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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Insanity is hereditary.

You get it from your kids.


16 posted on 11/18/2010 11:28:58 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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I'm shocked it is only one in five. I thought the whole country was crazy. lol!
17 posted on 11/18/2010 11:29:02 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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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.


18 posted on 11/18/2010 11:30:59 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: NormsRevenge
RDR 4 may be, 1 in 5 is the percentage of liberals.
19 posted on 11/18/2010 11:33:11 AM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Shrinks must not be getting enough business, so they've decided to define mental illness down to drum up more customers.
20 posted on 11/18/2010 11:33:21 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The people who hate Sarah Palin hate her because they know that her Presidency is inevitable.)
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