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Are Half of All Americans Mentally Ill?

 
SuperEgo, nli
08/13/2005 11:59 PM
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Are Half of All Americans Mentally Ill?
LOS ANGELES — A new study by Harvard University and the National Institute of Mental Health (search) claims that 46 percent of all Americans will, at some point in their lives, develop a mental disorder.

But this new statistic has experts arguing over exactly what constitutes a true mental illness.

According to experts, severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia, dementia and manic depression are relatively uncommon. But the updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (search), or DSM — the standard survey for mental illness — lists conditions like adjustment disorder, passive-aggressive disorder and female sexual arousal disorder as mental illness, reflecting what are claimed to be advances in the mental health profession.

Critics say that´s crazy, and that it won´t be long before all human quirks and flaws are classified as mental disorders.

"When you say we´re going to provide mental health treatment to everyone, then the severely mentally ill usually get the lowest priority," said Dr. Richard Lamb (search), professor of Psychiatry at the University of Southern California.

Others say the DSM should be considered the mental health bible, because if it says that a person is mentally ill, then that person can get the treatment they need — and insurance companies will foot the bill.

"We would never suggest to somebody with one type of cancer that because their type of cancer is not necessarily as fatal as somebody else´s that they should withhold treatment so someone else can get it," said Cynthia Focarelli of the National Mental Health Association (search).

The next edition of the DSM will not come out until 2010. The American Psychiatric Association (search) is considering making changes to refine the subclasses of various mental illnesses.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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....Critics say that´s crazy,....


OH....MY....GOD!
He used the "C" word.


Don´t mind me.... I´m mentally ill.
damned
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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poop
nolomolistari
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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muaha
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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It could be easily cured if they shut off the fucking TV and quite going to doctors!
Emperor Kenton
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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run them for President, it is...fashionable...
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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A new study by Harvard University and the National Institute of Mental Health (search) claims that 46 percent of all Americans will, at some point in their lives, develop a mental disorder.



The figure fits.

According to latest polls this is more or less the percentage who still supports Bush.
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Well we live in a really messed up way. Go back to nature get off the grid and see if it help`!
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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while 46% may be mentally ill at one time (including even if its only a few months in entire life) what they dont tell you is that 99% have a cognitive disorder. you can have a cognitive disorder without being considered mentally ill because you seem fine and work and everything. for example, religion is a cognitive disorder. not understanding simple things like ethics is a cognitive disorder. the people who post threads about bush about to be kicked out of office because of a breaking story have a cognitive disorder even if they arent appearantly mentally ill. the examples can go on. 46% mentally ill, 99% cognitive disorder
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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The quacks wished they were, and the pharmas that are paying for this bullshit, phony "studies" that are nothing but ads for their mind altering shitbag drugs.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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" it could be easily cured if they shut the tv off and stop going to the fuckin doctors´

"Well we live in a really messed up way. Go back to nature get off the grid and see if it help`!"

heres more examples of cognitive disordered people whos brains do not function. they make general statements that say nothing and are trying to express their imaginations in a few words where what they are saying is no specifics which leads to an infinate number of end results. as if shutting the TV off is the one of billions of factors to cure a problem.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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so by cognitive-disordered, you mean an intellectual deficit? that too, is in the DSM, under ´mental retardation´
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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"The quacks wished they were, and the pharmas that are paying for this bullshit, phony "studies" that are nothing but ads for their mind altering shitbag drugs."


More cognitive disordered people. indeed about 46% of people are mentally fucked weather there are ads on TV for drugs or not. this poster also has an emotional and ignorant prejudgement against drugs in general, no matter what the properties.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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"Well we live in a really messed up way. Go back to nature get off the grid and see if it help`!"

this person wants you to go back to nature and do rituals where you chop peoples heads off and put them on a stick as a tribal rivalry exercise
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Ignore the RX writing minions of pharmas. It´s funny how so many people went nuts AFTER Paxil and Prozac were invented. Formaerly sane people going on ax sprees, drowning their kids int he tub? None of that shit happened when I was a kid. It´s all since Pharmas write the laws in this facist corporate controlled country.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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i´ba doin fine
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Whats a thousand dead psycoparasites at the base of a wall? Answer: a good start
Homer Bloke
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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no half of them are not
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Where can you find a big nest of psycoparasites? Answer: Haarvard
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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half of everyone is mentally ill

the other half are fucked up

count me in. either or.


either:

meds


or:

5a
Homer Bloke
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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you know i wish you would stop asking this question i see it all day
popparazi
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Only half shocks me, I thought it would be more. there seems a lets ride roughshot over the rest of the world approach to Americans these days. Selfishness is abound. I watch the news every day you shoot each other
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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or i could say, in the same vein...

either:

5a


OR

meds
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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or...

in ´either´ words,


WGAF

or...

so what?

did you know that in times of war, schizophrenia levels drop?

sort of like how you gotta be ´cruel to be kind´

do you gotta be crazy to be sane???

given the times of course

or given the right measure measure
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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do you gotta be crazy to be sane???
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i think orwell forgot this one

or

he left it out

on purpose of course

orwell = bbc
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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orwell = bbc
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did orwell leave this one out as well or miss out?


bbc = cnn = most trusted news = no credibility

actually i think he sort of covered this one in a way, but not the way it is now.

someone should do the orwellian rebuttal...
Deacon Blue
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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"I´ve always been crazy,
it´s kept me from going insane."

Waylon Jennings

FWIW - I tried Prozac. Had to quit. It made me violent!
cossack47
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Don`t feel so alone;U.K.has roughly half it`s population on prescribed or "illegal drugs.
cossack47
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them and psychiatrists draw the rent!
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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All the poor people that lived by the freeways when they were young that were poisoned by lead from the leaded gas are now adults living with the brain disorders lead causes. All the hippies, and most never stopped using drugs or pot, are now older adults who live with the delusions of their mind. All the city folks who have been subjected to long term fluoride and chlorine in their water are now adults that live with the effects of being dumbed down for a life time. Add in field experiments performed without their knowledge and the poisoning of the food chain, possible chemtrail spraying, so yes at least half the country is in a state of mental degradation.

charlie
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12/08/2005 10:08 AM
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Re: Are Half of All Americans Mentally Ill?
Half did vote for Bush in 2004, allegedly.

I´d say it´s an accurate statement.