Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mental Illness: Not a Weakness

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

About 50% of Americans will experience some form of mental health problem at some point in their life. Many do not get help. Many hide their problem from others but there is also a big dilemma with under diagnoses and under treatment.

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