Tuesday, 10 April 2007

30% of Americans needing mental health care don't get it

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It's estimated that nearly 30% of Americans need some form of mental health help or assistance. This can vary from mental health conditions that are considered minor to life-altering conditions that create severe mental handicaps.

The issue is that only about a third of those who need mental help end up actually receiving it, according to researchers who interviewed 816 people in Baltimore between 1993 and 1999.

The most common offenders? alcohol dependence (14%) and major depression (11%). About 33% of those with these conditions along with less-popular ones were not receiving any help or assistance.

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