The recent recession in the U.S. and the country’s slow recovery affects all sorts of people, including those living with mental illness. A new report finds that more than 80 percent of people with a serious mental illness were unemployed as of 2012.
People in Columbia who are living with bipolar disorder may find it difficult performing day-to-day tasks, even if they are physically not disabled. For those who do not have bipolar, it may be difficult to understand why someone with that mental illness seems to have such severe mood swings. Their behavior may seem strange or disturbing without a greater understanding of how bipolar affects your mental processes.
Though there is sadly a stigma attached to those individuals suffering from mental illness, these conditions can be as traumatic and disabling as any number of physical illnesses. One in ten adults will suffer from some form of serious mental illness including schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder, and 40 percent of these cases reportedly go untreated.
To those who do not have it, social anxiety disorder may be hard to understand. How can a person who appears to be otherwise healthy be trapped in his or her home, or subject to terror so severe that he or she feels like he or she is dying?
It is common knowledge in Columbia that sleep can affect your mood. Staying up late can make many of us grumpy or moody the next day. Hopefully, we can catch up on sleep the next night, though many people in the U.S. are chronically sleep-deprived.
One issue in the national debate on mental health care is that there is a shortage of psychologists and other mental health professionals in the country. Without enough psychologists and psychiatrists, many people in Missouri struggle to find someone to provide them necessary medical attention.
In 2008, Congress passed a law called the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The law was intended to help remove the stigma of mental illness within the medical industry. It required medical professionals and insurance companies not to provide lesser care for mental illnesses compared with physical conditions.
Mental illness is a very serious medical issue that millions of Americans suffer from. In fact, one in five adults living in the U.S. has a mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.