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Game Over Man, Game Over – America’s Mental Health Report Card

This isn’t the first time America got a D.

NAMI 2009 Report with ranks for each state, overall we scored a D. This isn’t horrible news however, most of the high population centers are ranked C or higher. But 29% for 18-25 isn’t a good prospect for the future, they are going to have a heavy burden to lift after the economic depression sets in. Either we figure out a way to economically and socially integrate these people, or we face serious problems with long term societal survival.

One in five adults in the U.S. had a mental illness in 2010, with people ages 18 to 25 having the highest rates, according to a national survey.

Among the highlights, people in the 50-plus age bracket had the lowest incidence of any mental illness (14.3%), while those ages 18 to 25 had the highest, at 29.9%. Women had higher rates than men: 23% versus 16.8%

When broken down by racial and ethnic groups, the highest rates of mental illness were seen among people who reported two or more races (25.4%), followed by whites (20.6%), blacks (19.7%), Native Americans or Alaska natives (18.7%), Hispanics (18.3%) and Asians (15.8%).

About 5% of adults in the U.S. had a serious mental illness in 2010, a slightly higher number compared to 2009 (4.8%). That 18- to 25-year-old age group again had the highest incidence at 7.7%, and those 50 and older had the lowest at 3.2%. Women again outpaced men, 6.5% to 3.4%. Those with a serious mental illness have trouble functioning, which affects their key life activities.

When broken down by racial and ethnic groups, the highest rates of serious mental illness occurred among adults who reported two or more races (9.3%), followed by Native Americans or Alaska natives (8.5%), whites (5.2%), Hispanics (4.6%), blacks (4.4%), Asians (2.6%) and native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders (1.6%). Link

See previous:

http://colonyofcommodus.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/suicide-common-among-young-men-around-the-world/

http://colonyofcommodus.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/correlating-ssri-use-with-murders-suicides/

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