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.
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