Mental Health in America

Mental health in America is faced with serious challenges. Psychologist Dr. BArt Rossi, Ph.D. joins Al Jazeera to discuss issues and the state of affairs. 

The Mental Health America 2019 Annual Conference just concluded in Washington D.C. (June 1019). Reports show that there are still looming issues.

Reviewing the mental health stats, there are some 44 million people affected in the United States. It is a large number, despite a slight drop from 2015 to 2018 from 18.19% to 18.07%.

But the rate of young people with MDE (Major Depressive Episode) has increased — from 11.93% to 12.63%. There has been a slight decrease (1.5%) of those who had MDE and sought treatment. But an alarming 62% of young people did not seek treatment.

While many mental health issues statistics remain elusive to most people, everyone is aware of mass shootings, And since the Sandy Hook incident, there have been an additional 2,178 incidents to date (July 2019), including Parkland. They are shown in a map here.  In recent years, the opioid crisis has also made it into the national discussions.

Mental Health in America

Note that while America does not have the highest death rate [as it relates to mass shootings] per capita, the incident rate is still quite shocking. You can see more worldwide stats here.

There are many types of mental health issues in America, including Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Eating disorders, Post Traumatic Stress, and Psychosis, among many others.

In this episode Dr. Rossi discusses the general direction and attention being given to the focus on mental health.

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