"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Get help, Pete.Because researchers in other areas use varying definitions of what constitutes mental illness, it's hard to compare European rates to those elsewhere, he said. The NIH estimates that about 26 percent of American adults have some type of mental disorder.
ADHD is probably overdiagnosed; i don't believe it's because of evil big industry as much as it is the convenience of calming down hyper kids. i think we should take a serious look at the consequences of this practice, and the bar should be set higher for medicating the disorder. however, i'm glad that parents and teachers are on the lookout for kids who are really suffering. even knowing what it is that one has is pretty important even if the parents decide not to treat with a prescription molecule.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
But I must admit.. obesity is not categorised as a mental disorder.. only bulimia and anorexia. But it does not change the fact that the list of disorders in the report is quite wide ranging, including things like sleeping disorders, ADHD and so on. And if the same conditions were put to the US statistics, then I would be very surprised if the amount of "mental" people would be smaller, since drug and alcohol addiction (yes even cannabis), ADHD and anti-social behaviour are part of the study.
Actually you should Grant, since you seem to have an inability to distinguish between an AP article and a medical study.Get help, Pete.
Lifetime prevalence of me... [J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010] - PubMed - NCBI
More data :RESULTS:
Anxiety disorders were the most common condition (31.9%), followed by behavior disorders (19.1%), mood disorders (14.3%), and substance use disorders (11.4%), with approximately 40% of participants with one class of disorder also meeting criteria for another class of lifetime disorder. The overall prevalence of disorders with severe impairment and/or distress was 22.2% (11.2% with mood disorders, 8.3% with anxiety disorders, and 9.6% behavior disorders). The median age of onset for disorder classes was earliest for anxiety (6 years), followed by 11 years for behavior, 13 years for mood, and 15 years for substance use disorders.
Prevalence of mental disorders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
yet even more data:Previous widely cited large-scale surveys in the US were the Epidemiological Catchment Area (ECA) survey and subsequent National Comorbidity Survey (NCS). The NCS was replicated and updated between 2000 and 2003 and indicated that, of those groups of disorders assessed, nearly half of Americans (46.4%) reported meeting criteria at some point in their life for either a DSM-IV anxiety disorder (28.8%), mood disorder (20.8%), impulse-control disorder (24.8%) or substance use disorders (14.6%). Half of all lifetime cases had started by age 14 and 3/4 by age 24. In the prior 12-month period only, around a quarter (26.2%) met criteria for any disorder—anxiety disorders 18.1%; mood disorders 9.5%; impulse control disorders 8.9%; and substance use disorders 3.8%. A substantial minority (23%) met criteria for more than two disorders. A minority (22.3%) of cases were classed as serious, 37.3% as moderate and 40.4% as mild.
Study: U.S. Leads In Mental Illness, Lags in Treatment
Lastly, I find it quite unfortunate that you would be laughing at the misfortune of others simply to prove an ideological point. We should be putting people before ideologies.Although parallel studies in 27 other countries are not yet complete, the new numbers suggest that the United States is poised to rank No. 1 globally for mental illness, researchers said.
I couldn't say that people are over or under diagnosed, however, many of these hoaxes that Voltaire is complaining about have actual physical components that we can discover through an MRI or by other means. For example ADHD is linked to fatty tissue around neurons and there are distinct MRI differences between an aspergers and neurotypical person. This means that diagnostics and science have gotten better with time, but as I mentioned above, we are still in the discovery stage in regard to what to do about this new info I think.