1 in 5 Americans Is Mentally Ill

After all this BS we are experiencing right now the worst mental illness is that people still believe in a totally corrupt government, a totally corrupt and manipulated financial system, the dollar destroying Fed, the brainwashing corporate media, a dumbing down education system, junk science and doctors that are only salesman of Big Pharma criminals.

From that point of view most people on this planet are still, at least partially, ‘mentally ill’ or better they have not cured themselves from the ‘diseases’ I’ve mentioned above.

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Survey: nearly one in THREE young adults has a mental illness

Mental illness is taking an especially high toll on young adults in America, the new survey has shown (file photo)

More than 45million Americans, or 20 per cent of U.S. adults, had some form of mental illness last year, it was revealed this week.

U.S. government research showed that of those 45million, 11million had a serious illness.

Young adults aged 18 to 25 had the highest level of mental illness at 30 per cent, while those aged 50 and older had the lowest, with 13.7 per cent, said the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA.

Mental illness is taking an especially high toll on young adults in America, the new survey has shown (file photo)The rate, slightly higher than last year’s 19.5 per cent 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.

According to the survey, 6.1million adults last year had a mental health need that went untreated, and 42.5 per cent said it was because they could not afford it.

It found 14.8million Americans had major depression last year, and 10 per cent of the jobless did.

That is compared with 7.5 per cent of retired people or those not in the job force, 7.3 per cent who worked part time and 5.4 per cent who worked full time.

Only 64 per cent of adults aged 18 or older with major depression were treated last year, compared with 71 per cent a year ago.

Being jobless also increased the risk of suicide.

Adults who were unemployed last year were twice as likely to have serious thoughts of suicide as people who were fully employed, with 6.6 per cent of the unemployed considering suicide, compared with 3.1 per cent of those who were working.

The survey also found that 23.8 per cent of women had some form of mental illness, compared with 15.6 per cent of men.

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:52 AM on 22nd November 2010

Source: Daily Mail

2 thoughts on “1 in 5 Americans Is Mentally Ill

  1. Mental Illness….illness, really? Due to unemployment and such? I didn’t know people could get ill just by being unemployed. Call me old fashioned but…they seem to be nothing more or less than emotions. Your statistics are wrong. Try spending some time around people who are…”mentally ill”. Half of them are misdiagnosed or only had short term depression until they were put on some pill that forced them into chemical dependency. I was idagnosed with manic depression when I was 15 and was told it would never go away. This was after a pretty horrid childhood. Instead of dealing with the issue you’re supposed to shovel meds down your throat for treatment? The actual therapy part comes as an after-thought. Well…I told them to fuck themselves and I’m just fine now. Aside from the occasional bought of self loathing because of certain goals I’ve fallen short of. People should be allowed to feel…Our government already polices our actions. Little by little we’re having our thoughts and emotions policed as well.

    You know…this is only conjecture but maybe if we didn’t have such a financial and material success based country, these bloody kids wouldn’t be so quick to deem themselves worthless and off themselves when our country’s economy has gone belly up…as if it’s their fault for not stimulating productivity. The day this country pulls it’s beaten head out of moneys ass and starts to think for itself is the day I’ll start popping anti-psychotics and whatever other mood altering, medical cocktail ingredients the doctors want me on. Because I’ll assuredly have lost my damned mind the day I see that happen.

    This is what a counter-culture built on raw consumerism does to people. We need to learn to use money instead of being used by it. Also…I think it’d help us move in the right direction if our flunky, defective government would do it’s job instead practicing covert political espionage. A government is built to protect it’s citizens, not to control them, contort them, and coerce them.

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