Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mental Illness, A Bigger Problem Than Once Thought

About 50% or more of Americans will experience some form of mental illness at some point in their life, according to a new government report.

Many do not get help.

Many hide their problem from others.

And the fact is: there is also a big problem with underdiagnosis and undertreatment.

"Mental illness is frequently seen as a moral issue or an issue of weakness...It is a condition no different from cancer or other chronic diseases," stated Ileana Arias, principal deputy administrator of the U.S. Centers fro Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, "people need to accept the difficulties they are having and avail themselves of the resources that are available".

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