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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/19/2017 11:10 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/19/2017 11:10 PM
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Study Paints Somber Picture of U.S. Mental Health Status and Access to Care

New York, NY...More Americans than ever before suffer from serious psychological distress, and the country's ability to meet the growing demand for mental health services is rapidly eroding.  Researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center analyzed a federal health information database and concluded that 3.4 percent of the U.S. population (more than 8.3 million) adult Americans suffer from serious psychological distress, or SPD.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which conducts the National Health Interview Survey on which the research is based, SPD combines feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and restlessness that are hazardous enough to impair people's physical well-being. Previous survey estimates had put the number of Americans suffering from SPD at 3 percent or less.

The findings — believed to be the first analysis of its kind in more than a decade — were published in the journal Psychiatric Services online April 17. More than 35,000 U.S. households, involving more than 200,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 64, in all states and across all ethnic and socioeconomic groups, participate in the yearly survey.

Among the study's other key findings is that, over the course of the surveys from 2006 to 2014, access to health care services deteriorated for people suffering from severe distress when compared to those who did not report SPD.

"Although our analysis does not give concrete reasons why mental health services are diminishing, it could be from shortages in professional help, increased costs of care not covered by insurance, the great recession, and other reasons worthy of further investigation," says lead study investigator Judith Weissman, PhD, JD, a research manager in the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone.

Weissman says the situation appears to have worsened even though the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) include provisions designed to help reduce insurance coverage disparities for people with mental health issues. She adds that the new report can serve as a baseline for evaluating the impact of the ACA and in identifying disparities in treating the mentally ill.

Comparing self-reported SPD symptoms across nine years, the NYU Langone research team estimates that nearly one in 10 distressed Americans (9.5 percent) in 2014 still did not have health insurance that would give them access to a psychiatrist or counselor, a slight rise from 2006, when 9 percent lacked any insurance. About 10.5 percent in 2014 experienced delays in getting professional help due to insufficient mental health coverage, while 9.5 percent said they experienced such delays in 2006. And 9.9 percent could not afford to pay for their psychiatric medications in 2014, up from 8.7 percent in 2006.

"Based on our data, we estimate that millions of Americans have a level of emotional functioning that leads to lower quality of life and life expectancy," says Weissman. "Our study may also help explain why the U.S. suicide rate is up to 43,000 people each year."

She says her group's next research report will detail how underdiagnosis of SPD impacts physician practices and encourages overuse of other health care services.

Senior study investigator and NYU Langone clinical professor Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH, who also serves as director of general internal medicine and clinical innovation, says physicians, especially in primary care, can play a bigger role in screening people and detecting signs of SPD and potential suicide.

"Utilizing tools at the time of intake on all patients allows us to collect important data and devise strategies for care," says Pegus. "Our study supports health policies designed to incorporate mental health services and screenings into every physician's practice through the use of electronic medical records, and by providing training for all health care professionals, as well as the right resources for patients."

Besides Weissman and Pegus, other NYU Langone researchers involved in this analysis, which took four years to complete and was self-funded by NYU Langone, are Jeannette Beasley, PhD, MPH, RD; Melanie Jay, MD, MS; and Dolores Malaspina, MD, MS, MPH. Additional research support was provided by study co-investigator David Russell, PhD, at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York

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Posted on: 2017-04-19 23:16:31   By: Anonymous
I like pie.

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    Posted on: 2017-04-19 23:45:39   By: Anonymous
    I like pie to tomorrow. It 4-20 times tomorrow-need lot of pie and probably head to *bleep*own clifys for some burgers and fries might work on farm after. Gotta pump out more medical *bleep*. Stuck with 5 pounds of brown moldy *bleep* from last year. Jus laughing at this easy life. Stupid hicks. Can't figure this *bleep* out anyhow. Anyhow happy days ahead! Good luck you nut-less board prolonged to long. These grows will have thrived again before you lifted a finger. Get your *bleep* together. You lab rats. From a concerned local really doesn't grow has a honest job.

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    Posted on: 2017-04-20 20:28:07   By: Anonymous
    Just give or push more Marijuana on society and after awhile nobody will care about anything let alone themselves.

    Problem solved or so people think.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-19 23:43:12   By: Anonymous
The president has mental health issues!

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    Posted on: 2017-04-20 04:48:03   By: Anonymous

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      Re: More than ever Morons!
      Posted on: 2017-04-20 08:01:00   By: Anonymous
      The need for mental health counseling and therapy is growing by the hour. When someone like Barack Hussein Obama can be elected not just once but twice and probably a third if it were permitted shows just how far we've fallen. If that didn't demonstrate clearly where the level of mental health in our country is right now then just look at the protesters gathering, throwing rocks, assaulting other citizens while covering their faces in shame. The clear insanity being demonstrated by the left says to me that it's time be bring out the "straight jackets"!!!

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        Posted on: 2017-04-20 08:13:25   By: Anonymous
        Mental health professionals are citing many more cases of anxiety and people asking for help with the election of tRump, a fact.
        This didn't happen with Obama.

        The bellicosity and threats of war has many on edge, also the inept cabinet appointments in tRump's administration.

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          Re: Compare?
          Posted on: 2017-04-20 08:37:48   By: Anonymous
          GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!!!!!!


          Dennis Mills

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          Re: Compare?
          Posted on: 2017-04-20 10:49:00   By: Anonymous
          You sound like the typical demonrat, suffering from SPD and running around like your hair's on fire.
          Read the above article to find help and consolation.
          Maybe they have a safe space for you.

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          Re: Compare?
          Posted on: 2017-04-20 12:45:00   By: Anonymous
          Because lefties are spoiled, belligerent, children.

          They through a tantrum anytime the real world contradicts their fantasies.

          SPD: Socialist Personality Disorder.

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            Re: Compare?
            Posted on: 2017-04-20 18:40:38   By: Anonymous
            I lost ny resdinh glassses

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