The Personal Side of a National Problem
In case you haven’t noticed, an epidemic of opioid abuse is currently ravaging the country. People are dying from overdoses in record numbers all over the country and entire communities are collapsing under the weight of opioid addiction.
But this is not “merely” a national problem. It’s an epidemic that’s hitting Nevadans more and more with each passing year. As you will see, Nevada’s state government is currently taking forceful measures to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic. But until the measures begin to have their... Continue reading →
Depression is very common in men and men have trouble seeking for help because of the stigma associated with mental health. Men who suffers from depression are at a disadvantage because they are expected to be macho and not show any weakness. Men would commit suicide more readily than women because they would use a deadlier method such as using a gun or jumping off a tall building.
When depressed men manifest symptoms such as felling depressed with lack of energy, no motivation, hopeless feeling and has feelings of worthlessness. He feels down in the dumps, unhappy and miserable. He can't concentrate or focus and... Continue reading →
29 October 2013 By: Judith L. Teich, MSW, Behavioral Research Scientist
Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality
SAMHSA’s new publication, Behavioral Health, United States, 2012, provides in-depth information about the behavioral health (mental and/or substance use disorders) of the nation. Drawing on 40 different data sources, this publication includes national and state-level trends in private and public sector behavioral health services, costs, and clients.
The report reveals that from 2010-2011 over 41 million U.S. adults had a mental illness that affected their ability to conduct daily activities. It is important for medical practitioners, researchers, school systems, parents, and the general... Continue reading →
Post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other mental illnesses accounted for more days spent by troops in the hospital than any other medical condition in the military in 2012, including war wounds, injuries and illness, according to Pentagon data.
The numbers show how years of exposure to combat trauma created a core of servicemembers with severe mental health problems — about 20,000 last year — who accounted for more lost workdays than those with any other health issue.