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US Leads in Mental Illness; Lags in Treatment
« on: June 06, 2005, 08:22:46 PM »
Study: U.S. Leads In Mental Illness, Lags in Treatment

By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 7, 2005; A03

One-quarter of all Americans met the criteria for having a mental illness within the past year, and fully a quarter of those had a "serious" disorder that significantly disrupted their ability to function day to day, according to the largest and most detailed survey of the nation's mental health, published yesterday.

Although parallel studies in 27 other countries are not yet complete, the new numbers suggest that the United States is poised to rank No. 1 globally for mental illness, researchers said.

"We lead the world in a lot of good things, but we're also leaders in this one particular domain that we'd rather not be," said Ronald Kessler, the Harvard professor of health care policy who led the effort, called the National Comorbidity Survey Replication.

The exhaustive government-sponsored effort, based on in-depth interviews with more than 9,000 randomly selected Americans, finds that the prevalence of U.S. mental illness has remained roughly flat in the past decade -- a possible glimmer of hope given that previous decades had suggested the rates were gradually rising.

But the rest of the news from the survey -- which did not include some of the most serious disorders, such as schizophrenia, for which patients are often institutionalized -- is mostly discouraging.

Less than half of those in need get treated. Those who seek treatment typically do so after a decade or more of delays, during which time they are likely to develop additional problems. And the treatment they receive is usually inadequate.

Younger sufferers are especially overlooked, the survey found, even though mental illness is very much a disease of youth. Half of those who will ever be diagnosed with a mental disorder show signs of the disease by age 14, and three-quarters by age 24. But few get help.
 

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Re: US Leads in Mental Illness; Lags in Treatment
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2005, 10:05:04 PM »
duh, WE WILD OVA HERRE I'M A MUTHAFUCKIN BEAST!!!
 

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Re: US Leads in Mental Illness; Lags in Treatment
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2005, 01:37:35 AM »
25% no I don't think so.


Send all the retards to a remote island and make it a reality show.

Talk about ratings  ;D
 

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Re: US Leads in Mental Illness; Lags in Treatment
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2005, 03:34:37 AM »
25% no I don't think so.


Send all the retards to a remote island and make it a reality show.

Talk about ratings  ;D

haven't they already done that for 5 seasons?
 

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Re: US Leads in Mental Illness; Lags in Treatment
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2005, 07:42:28 AM »
25% no I don't think so.


Send all the retards to a remote island and make it a reality show.

Talk about ratings  ;D

haven't they already done that for 5 seasons?

I never watched Survivor  ;D
 

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Re: US Leads in Mental Illness; Lags in Treatment
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2005, 06:23:07 PM »
Ant are you running out of Anti American stories or something? This is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Seriously, what is it with you constantly attempting to disparage the US? You are a fucking weirdo....
 

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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2005, 07:44:48 PM »
How is it anti-american to be congnizant of problems that may need to be addressed? 
 

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Re: US Leads in Mental Illness; Lags in Treatment
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2005, 12:40:06 AM »
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How is it anti-american to be congnizant of problems that may need to be addressed?

what are you kidding me asshole? as we should know by now, just because a trend of behavior coincides with a group of people, it doesn't mean that each member of that group is a perpetuator of those traits; for instance, crime is much higher in black neighborhoods, but if you walk down the street in east oakland pointing out to black people that they are more dangerous than you will get you killed. Playing stupid by pretending you are not an insecure prick constantly trying to disparage the american people is also unacceptable. you need to learn the difference between wanting to help, and playing petty mind games like a bitch. However I think you do know, you're just trying to talk shit, and you put a little too much spin on this time, and people noticed.