Mental Illness in America

February 2, 2012

Last month, SAMSA released a report about the incidence of mental illness in America.  A striking one in five (20%) of American adults experienced some sort of mental illness in the past year.  Even worse, nearly 30% of young adults (ages 18-25) had a brush with mental illness in the past year.  Women are more likely than men to have a mental disorder (23% vs 17%), though there is a gradual increase in the incidence of men dealing with psychiatric disorders.

Most disturbing is the fact that slightly less than half the people with any mental illness — and only 60 percent of those with serious, disabling ones — receive treatment each year.  There are many obstacles to treatment, ranging from stigma and ignorance to financial and health care policies.  This is clearly a growing issue that cannot be ignored.

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