How prevalent are mental illnesses and what's the real cost to society?

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  1. Laura Schneider profile image94
    Laura Schneiderposted 7 years ago

    How prevalent are mental illnesses and what's the real cost to society?

    What percentage of the population has one or more mental illness diagnoses? What percentage of people on SSDI have primarily mental health issues.

  2. MPG Narratives profile image60
    MPG Narrativesposted 7 years ago

    The cost to society is huge and the percentage is hard to determine as many people go through life being undiagnosed or not wanting to find out what their problem is. Mental health issues need more funding from governments for research and treatment.

    Modern society, stress and materialism (technology, bigger homes, bigger cars, etc) has caused more mental health problems than in years gone by.

    Everyone needs to take a step back and remember that it's the small things in life that make it worthwhile, not what you have or don't have.

  3. True Cures profile image60
    True Curesposted 7 years ago

    Truthful answers will be voted down.  Mental illness is like any illness and as such extremely valuable and necessary for society to exist.  MPG was correct about the woes of our focus on technology and greed and it's influence on metal health but it extends to all health issues. 

    Though we have the technology to cure and prevent any disease, our society does not have the righteous forthrightness to use the technology at the detriment of the economy. 

    Every person reading this is suffering from mental illness.  Every person reading this believes there are such things as "incurable" diseases showing they mental confusion and illness.   Society sees to it that consumers are mentally crippled. 

    When I share information like the fact that there are no known incurable or preventable diseases in US livestock proving the US has the complete technology to cure any disease when cures are profitable, the thumbs down tab is clicked over and over and over again.  Instead of people trying to research and find out if there are any incurable diseases in cattle they get emotional because they are mentally ill and they vote my info down. 

    Everyone reading this is mentally ill, the question is, is there any reading this who is righteous enough to at least be honest with themselves enough to recognize and cure their illness by becoming more receptive to the truth about the world industry of health, healing and mental illness. 

    I'm just blowing off steam because I have 19 years of research into curing diseases our mentally ill society believes are incurable and discovered there is no market for cures.  There will be no cures for mental illness and there is no one looking for cures, they only want the hand outs and funding to continue a lucrative research business.  A business I myself am just now getting into after wasting 19 years of curing diseases.

  4. wheelinallover profile image79
    wheelinalloverposted 7 years ago

    My answer was too long so I created a hub. The time spend working with Developmentally disabled gave me the only clue to the percentage which ran about 10%. If this carries to the general population there is no way for me to know. Research while writing the article gave no further clues. My hub is more about the cost to society, and the choices our predecessors made which we are now paying for.

  5. hirundine profile image59
    hirundineposted 7 years ago

    This a difficult and sensitive issue. Or issues? Why is it, we separate the mind from the body? It seems likely the whole body will be out of alignment with any malady?

    Being flip, I would also say,"we are all crazy". It seems that the trick is be happy with life and allow for difference. Certainly, a huge spectrum of mind illnesses. From developmental to depressions.

    I'm sure someone racked by their problem? Might feel that this is easier said, than done?

    How do you equate cost in, what seems to be, a crazy society? Unless we walk a mile in someone else's shoes, we can never know.

    We can all learn to love and embrace difference.  Not shun and ostracize people, over differences. It is government that needs to be more loving, toward society, as a whole.

  6. profile image50
    deborahann7posted 7 years ago

    I am on SSdi for a mental illness which has actually turned out to not be a mental illness at all, it's a Mafia HATE CRIME, STAGED to look like a mental illness to abuse their victim.  They are the CRIMINALLY INSANE, ORGANIZED CRIME, CRIMINAL PROFESSIONALS, with SOPHISTICATED CRIMINAL TECHNOLOGY used to VIOLATE EVERYONE'S RIGHTS and used to COMMIT the WORST CRIMES the WORLD needs to acknowledge now before it gets any worse.  The CRIMES are PREMEDITATED, DOCUMENTED, and DEPICTED SYMBOLICALLY in the Book of Revelations in the Bible.  It is about the Mark of the Beast which is the Mark being Mafia Mind Control Technology and the Beast meaning The Mafia.
         Their ability to use this TECHNOLOGY to TERRORIZE VICTIMS, VIOLATING THEIR RIGHTS, ABUSING THEM, ABDUCTING THEM, and the LAMB in Revelations is the Mafia's MONEY GENERATOR SLAVE (FINANCIAL ANALYST) and others are being made to SUFFER in a Mafia Prison Hell as TORTURE SLAVES for Eternal Life, innocent people, suffering every day, murdered and brought back to life to SUFFER SOME MORE.  Why?  Beacuse the Bible is written by a CRIMINAL SOCIETY, SECRET SOCIETY of Wicked Man to fool the world and take advantage of people who want to believe that their is a real God that is good.  Revelations is unvieling that God is the Mafia, Evil, making victims suffer, to ultimately ROB the whole WORLD.  The Bible is ORGANIZED CRIME, ABUSING VICTIMS to SUFFER.  Revelations 9:6  "During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them."

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    Dr Rabieposted 7 years ago

    There is a great difference between mental illnesses and psychological disorders. Mental illnesses such as Mental retardation, Cerebral Palsy or Autism isn't very common. The exact percentage of population affect is unknown for me. But, I still believe that it is uncommon. For example Metal retardation may be caused by a condition called Hydrocephalus, a condition of increased Intra cranial tension. Hydrocephalus occurs with percentage of 3 per every 1000 live birth.

  8. radhapriestess profile image47
    radhapriestessposted 7 years ago

    I worked with those who people call mentally ill.  The percentage would be hard to determine because definitions vary and many people who do not function well mentally do not necessarily end up in jail or in mental hospital.  One thing which would help mentally ill would be medically evaluate better.  Some people's illness is caused by the food they eat because they have an allergy or sensitivity which effects their brain.  Some illness is caused by environmental toxins or heavy mentals such in dental fillings for vaccines.  There may some genetic component for some individuals.  Natural products could help a good percentage of people.  Too many are using drugs for the condition who really do not need to be.  Exercise was found to be as effective as anti-depressants for many individuals.

  9. wearing well profile image75
    wearing wellposted 7 years ago

    Impossible to answer due to the fact  that there is such a broad spectrum of mental illnesses; and then again how many people are honest with themselves initially to admit that they need help and therefore don't seek medical assistance.Unfortunately many people are uncomfortable about being labelled from the various mind illnesses due to the negative stigma attached within are societies and some people affected see their condition as a personal weakness or maybe as with schizophrenia,alzhiemer's and birth brain disorders are sometimes totally unaware of their illness initially.
    I personally believe that everyone will at some point in their lives suffer with a mental health issue and that more awareness of these mind complaints should be included within the educational programmes in schools;which then would give people a better and more excepting understanding of mental health and therefore possible lead to a lesser cost to society.

  10. GoldenBird profile image58
    GoldenBirdposted 7 years ago

    The most prevalent mental illness is our phobia for mental illnesses. It's not difficult to imagine it's magnitude. The real cost to society is that it isn't getting cured thus.


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