Resilience Among the Long-Term Ill
People who have a long-term, debilitating physical illness demonstrate mental resilience according to “Understanding Society,” the world’s largest longitudinal household study. The first findings reveal that people diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, respiratory, or cardiovascular disease report similar mental health scores to those without physical illness. The survey’s findings suggest that those people who may not be able to function well physically because of an illness do not necessarily suffer problems with their mental health—for example with their concentration, confidence, and feelings of strain.
Understanding Society is following 40,000 households in the United Kingdom over many years and will revisit health, family life, employment, and a range of other aspects of people’s lives.
Antidepressant Use Is Increasing Among Individuals With No Psychiatric Diagnosis
During the last 20 years, Americans’ use of antidepressants has grown significantly. A new study attributes much of this growth to a substantial increase in antidepressant prescriptions by non-psychiatrist providers without any accompanying psychiatric diagnosis.
CDC Report: Mental Illness Prevalence Among U.S. Adults
A new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first agency-wide compilation of data from selected surveillance and information systems that measure the prevalence and effects of mental illness in the U.S. adult population. Released in September, the report issued these findings:
Future surveillance should pay particular attention to changes in the prevalence of depression both nationwide and at the state and county levels. In addition, national and state-level mental illness surveillance should measure a wider range of psychiatric conditions and should include anxiety disorders. Many mental illnesses can be managed successfully, and increasing access to and use of mental health treatment services could substantially reduce the associated morbidity.
The CDC report explains that numerous chronic diseases are associated with mental illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. In such instances, treatment of the mental illness also can reduce the effect of the chronic disease. Authors say that increased mental health surveillance efforts will provide vital data needed to guide effective mental illness prevention and treatment programs.
“We know that mental illness is an important public health problem in itself and is also associated with chronic medical diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer,” said Ileana Arias, PhD, principal deputy director of CDC. “The report’s findings indicate that we need to expand surveillance activities that monitor levels of mental illness in the United States in order to strengthen our prevention efforts.”
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2017 AMHCA Annual Conference