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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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To: NormsRevenge

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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To: pissant

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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To: NormsRevenge

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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To: pissant

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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To: NormsRevenge
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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To: NormsRevenge

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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To: Minn

“...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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To: NormsRevenge

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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To: NormsRevenge
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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To: NormsRevenge

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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To: tx_eggman

Take a close look at your four closest friends. If they seem normal...

it’s you.


21 posted on 11/18/2010 11:34:12 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: NormsRevenge

“Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009”

Yeah - Liberals. (See Michael Savage’s book “Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder”)


22 posted on 11/18/2010 11:35:51 AM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s nothing. Five out of five have mental illness in Washington DC.


23 posted on 11/18/2010 11:39:10 AM PST by Hattie
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To: NormsRevenge

One in five Americans have a mental illness. Think of your four best friends. If they’re normal - you’re the one.


24 posted on 11/18/2010 11:40:55 AM PST by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


25 posted on 11/18/2010 11:41:04 AM PST by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill; SpinnerWebb
20% cannot control the other 80% without force. And we have the assets.

... and the guns

26 posted on 11/18/2010 11:42:22 AM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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yet can still host msnbc shows...


27 posted on 11/18/2010 11:44:08 AM PST by isom35
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To: NormsRevenge

Be careful, the Obama administrtions is preparing the way to put political dissenters in mental wards, like China.


28 posted on 11/18/2010 11:45:45 AM PST by Eva
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To: NormsRevenge

...preparing the ground for more gun-grabbing...


29 posted on 11/18/2010 11:51:14 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"...preparing the ground for more gun-grabbing..."

Exactly!

30 posted on 11/18/2010 11:54:50 AM PST by guitar4jesus (Biofuels, AGW, Globalism, Green Movement -- Strong Delusions! . . . . 2Thes 2:11)
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To: NormsRevenge

Exhibit A

Case closed


31 posted on 11/18/2010 11:55:47 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: NormsRevenge

And most are Democrat voters!


32 posted on 11/18/2010 11:56:33 AM PST by crazydad
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To: mbynack
Think of your four best friends. If they’re normal - you’re the one.

All are mad, but thee and me. And even thou art a little queer.

33 posted on 11/18/2010 11:57:36 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: NormsRevenge

These kinds of reports are driving me craz....geez, what am I saying???


34 posted on 11/18/2010 11:57:47 AM PST by BikerJoe
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To: NormsRevenge

Quite an improvement over the 2 in 5, in 2008 when they elected Barry!


35 posted on 11/18/2010 12:00:16 PM PST by G Larry (When you're "RIGHT" you don't look for ways to compromise!)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


36 posted on 11/18/2010 12:03:48 PM PST by Wuli (T)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yes. Experts decree that 1 in 5 Americans are mentally ill, but homosexuality is cool.

Got it.


37 posted on 11/18/2010 12:12:12 PM PST by ConservativeWarrior (In last year's nests, there are no birds this year.)
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To: Wuli
“mental illness professionals’ industry complex”

It's like Global Warming

38 posted on 11/18/2010 12:12:46 PM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: NormsRevenge

“What can I do? You’re driving me crazy.”


39 posted on 11/18/2010 12:20:14 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

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.


40 posted on 11/18/2010 1:06:00 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Wuli

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.


41 posted on 11/18/2010 1:11:22 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Apparently, one of those seriously mentally ill Americans wrote this article.


42 posted on 11/18/2010 1:37:34 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Grams A

“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?


43 posted on 11/18/2010 1:41:40 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is a hugely stressful society the international elitists have socially, economically and politically engineered. It’s only going to get worse.


44 posted on 11/18/2010 2:28:59 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: saganite

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.


45 posted on 11/18/2010 2:32:10 PM PST by MakesItWorse772
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To: NormsRevenge

Liberalism is a mental disorder . : )


46 posted on 11/18/2010 3:01:03 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

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


47 posted on 11/18/2010 7:03:23 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

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?


48 posted on 11/19/2010 7:24:15 AM PST by OR Patriot
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The survey also found that 23.8 percent of women had some form of mental illness, compared with 15.6 percent of men.

Women voters tend to lean Democrat -- I think we've found an explanation.

49 posted on 11/19/2010 8:20:37 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s crazy.


50 posted on 11/19/2010 10:02:36 AM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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