January 14, 2012 - According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): “Mental disorders are common in the United States, and in a given year approximately one quarter of adults are diagnosable for one or more disorders;”
With that, about half of the American population is also expected to experience a psychological disorder at some point during their life span, most commonly between the ages of 18 and 44.
Antidepressant medication is on the rise, increasing by 75 percent in nine years according to this article. One would assume also, a nation-wide rise in depression.
One would believe the correlation between antidepressant use (10.12% in 2005) and prevalence of depression (7.3% in 2005). But if you look at the numbers, something is off.
Antidepressants, are prescribed for a variety of issues, even muscle spasms and are suspected to be related to suicidal ideadation among a select percentage of users, though clinical trials do not establish causation.
With the rise of antidepressant prescriptions, The NIMH actually reports a decline in the rates of depression.
With this decline, the total expenditures for care has risen 20 billion dollars in a decade.
Currently, Psychology is not a course commonly offered to high school students.
According to one survey, nearly 75 percent of people with an undergrad degree in psychology work in a completely unrelated field.
Two of the most therapeutic subjects, Physical Education and Music, are being cut out of high school education. Take a look at these articles on exercise and drumming if you do not believe in the value.
Even with peer-reviewed evidence, progress is at a snails pace when recovering America’s Mental Health.