Mental Illness Can be Treated, Reveals Survey

Mental Illness Can be Treated, Reveals Survey

A government survey has revealed that the year 2010 saw a steady rise in the number of mentally ill adults. As per Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, one in five adults in US was suffering from one or the other kind of mental illness.

The main reason for such an enormous rise is the lack of medical help. In total, 45.9 million US adults said that they have witnessed some form of mental illness in 2010. But among them, only 39.2% have said that they have got the medical treatment.

Clinical Psychologist David Palmiter said that he was not surprised when saw the figures as there are many parents who feel shy to take their children to a doctor. However, it is important for them to take it in a positive manner, and without feeling ashamed they should take their children to doctor.

As per the report, around 12% of children between 12 and 17 years of age suffered from depression, and only 385 of them were been taken to doctors for receiving medical attention.

Peter Delany, the Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's Center for Statistics, said that it is important for parents as well as for children to see mental illness as another illness like diabetes.

If they would start taking it in a better sense then parents and children would not have problems in consulting doctors for suitable treatments. The report has asked for a change in the thinking of people so they could take mental disorders as a normal problem which can happen to anybody.

If one would take their child to doctor, they would then be able to know that mental illness is not a life-long problem and could be treated with proper medical assistance.

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