What’s Happening to America’s Collective Mental Self?

Everyone who has a say in America’s biggest problems today seems to throw mental illness around, whether as a cause or a result of the issue. It’s hard to ignore because mental problems are complicated to remedy. Thus, whatever issue that has roots in mental illness will be hard to eradicate.

These challenges encompass the entirety of this country. No one solution can solve it all, though there’s a consensus that the country needs to address these behaviors early on. Improvement is in sight: the increasing attention on mental illness will bode well for society 50 to 100 years in the future. In addition, with healthcare institutions like the Intermountain LDS Hospital initiating an effort to provide behavioral health services, it’s possible to look forward to a brighter future.

A Demographic Disconnect Due to Stress

Teenagers will live in their own world, and it has always been about their age-specific preferences. But, stress?

In this survey by the APA, teens are very clearly shouldering too much for people their age. Grades, college, money, romantic relationships, and siblings are all on their minds, and about 30% of them experience stress and depression because of these factors. 26% of them even develop unhealthy eating habits because of their mental burdens.

The President

It’s truly unique when the APA has a say in a political subject. Months before the election, they warned psychiatrists to avoid psychoanalyzing Donald Trump because none of them treats the Republican presidential candidate. It leads to the question: why and why is it necessary for the APA, of all organizations, to make a stand?

General Neglect

For a country looking to solve its all-consuming problems, it will help to look within, deep within. Mental problem changes a person’s perspective, and if more than half of all people with mental problems are not getting treatment, it will affect the society as a whole.

That neglect is now visible. In a report from Boston, mentally ill patients wait 21 hours on average in an emergency room. From the north-west, Seattle dealt with their mentally fuelled spotlight: Cody Lee Miller. These cases show that mental illness problems are on the sidelines in America, and it’s hurting everyone.

In the end, the initiative has to come from the people. It’s good that the government is paying more attention, but they need to move people, too, to take advantage of the treatments in place.