Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009
Published: Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 1:13 PM ET
CHICAGO - More than 45 million Americans, or 20 percent of U.S. adults, had some form of mental illness last year, and 11 million had a serious illness, U.S. government researchers reported on Thursday.
Young adults aged 18 to 25 had the highest level of mental illness at 30 percent, while those aged 50 and older had the lowest, with 13.7 percent, said the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA.
....The survey also found that 23.8 percent of women had some form of mental illness, compared with 15.6 percent of men. FULL STORY
I could write a book about this. Suffice it to be said that those judged as "mentally ill" are the same people who have been romanticized as "victims" by the politically correct crowd for the past 40 years. And the least "mentally ill" are people over 50 and male are the ones cast as "perpetrators". Isn't that interesting? Over the past 25 years, when the wife or one of her boys lands in the institution again- the first question the mental illness clinicians asked me is "What are YOU doing to make these people mentally ill?" It really gets old. Even now, as I am elderly and ill, living on a hospital bed, everything is still somehow twisted around to be my fault and blamed for whatever direction the wind blows. Look- just because you are mentally ill doesn't mean it's my fault.
How Dr. Spock destroyed America
Posted: January 27, 2009 1:00 am Eastern
By Reb Bradley © 2010