Survey shows Americans back mental health coverage

Survey shows Americans back mental health coverage

Mental illness is a growing health concern in the United States. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated 43.4 million adults (17.9 percent) aged 18 and above to be suffering from some or the other type of mental illness. Moreover, approximately 9.8 million adults (4 percent) aged 18 and above experienced “severe mental illness” that disrupted their day-to-day activities.

The increased awareness about mental disorders among Americans due to their first-hand experience and significant efforts of law enforcement agencies have created a sea change in their perception about mental disorders. A majority of people see mental illnesses […] Read more

New tool to deal with depression

New tool to deal with depression

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability the world over. More than 300 million people are suffering from the disorder, an increase of more than 18 percent between 2005 and 2015. The blame for the increase largely lies on the lack of support to the victims and the prevailing stigma that prevents them from seeking help and talking about their problems openly and confidently.

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Severe mental illnesses can also be treated, here’s how

Severe mental illnesses can also be treated, here’s how

Almost one out of five adults in the United States experiences some mental illness in a given year, while approximately one in 25 — nearly 9.8 million American adults — experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Health care providers and policy makers are actively engaged in finding new ways to reduce the occurrence and provide relief to existing patients.

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