Long-term unemployment and foreclosure has led to widespread depression in the United States. For many Americans the pressure of not being able to pay the bills and take care of their families is just too much.
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Bel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, is reporting on a new study that says the United States has a dangerous shortage of mental health workers, and the demand is at all all-time high.
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that one in four Americans suffer from some type of mental health problem. Only one in 7 suffer from serious mental illness; however as Bel Marra Health reports in its article (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/brain-function/is-the-mental-health-industry-pushing-pills/) the number of cases of depression around the world has increased, especially in the Western countries. As a response to this increase in incidence, pharmaceutical companies have released a variety of drugs for the treatment of depression.
Each year, millions of people with depression take medications to hopefully correct their brain function and to combat a variety of conditions. Mental health officials are predicting that it will only get worse in the coming years.
The poor economic climate in the United States has created a great deal of strain on people, and in turn an increase in depression, as well as other mental health issues. This, along with an aging population means that demands on the mental health system are growing at a faster rate than ever before.
The Institute of Medicine was asked by U.S Congress to look at health care needs expected in light of a growing population of aging citizens. The senior population will reach just over 72 million by 2030.
As the Bel Marra Health article reads, the Institute reports that 20 per cent of seniors currently suffer from mental health problems including depression, dementia, and drinking related issues. The research by IOM did not take other brain related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease into consideration. They did however look at aging baby boomer’s use of illicit drugs, which have a big impact on brain function.
Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health Dr. Victor Marchione says, “Long-term unemployment and foreclosure has led to widespread depression in the United States. For many Americans the pressure of not being able to pay the bills and take care of their families is just too much. The Centers for Disease Control states that the number of people who are clinically depressed has increased by at least 3 per cent since 2002.”
The Institute of Medicine suggests that the health system needs a huge overhaul. The first step they say will be organizing a better health care workforce. The existing workforce needs to be trained in working with the elderly. In other words, if you already treat the brain or patients with depression, you need to learn how to care for seniors with these issues. The IOM is calling for better funding so primary care providers, such as nurses and nursing home attendants will be better equipped to help seniors with mental health problems.
(SOURCE: “PubMed” How can non-clinical case management complement clinical support for people with chronic mental illness residing in the community?, Dec 11, 2012)
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