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Mental Illness on the Rise in the U.S.

May is National Mental Health Month. So, what is the status of mental health in the US? Answer: not good. A recent government study indicates 1 in 5 American adults suffer from some form of mental illness, and many are going untreated. Read More

Mental Illness on the Rise in U.S.

Thanks so much for participating in APA's Mental Health Blog Party. We appreciate the focus of your blog posting and drawing attention to the increase of mental illness in the U.S. We agree -it is a serious public health issue!

While I enjoyed this article

While I enjoyed this article ( as one of the untreated mentally ill, it is a subject that is important to me ) I thought I'd point out that the population of the US is about 300 million ( slightly over ). If your figures are correct 45 million out of 300 million is 15%, not 1 in 5 ( which is 20 %).

While it's true that you said "approximately", 1 in 5 would be 60 million. 5% is a statistically significant difference as is 15 million. This makes for some pretty shady rounding in my book.

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Dr. Tyger Latham is a clinical psychologist practicing in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in men's issues, trauma, and LGBT concerns.

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