(UPI) In the last 10 years, the number of non-elderly U.S. adults who self-reported mental health disabilities rose, but researchers aren't sure why.
Dr. Ramin Mojtabai of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and colleagues reviewed data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey and found the prevalence of self-reported mental health disability increased from 2 percent of the non-elderly adult population from 1997 to 1999 to 2.7 percent from 2007 to 2009.
Mojtabai said during the same 10-year study period the prevalence of disability attributed to other chronic conditions decreased, while the prevalence of significant mental distress remained unchanged.
Community: Maybe it has something to do with the rise of conservative dominance in the U.S.
There are more suicides and homicides when a Republican is president. (See the suicide statistics gathered at Conservative Truths. The site is no longer active, but it has been archived into a pdf document— click here and search the page for the word “suicide”. There are two sections, The Rate Of Suicides Is Higher During Conservative Presidencies and The Rate Of Suicides Is Still Higher During Conservative Presidencies.) Conservative governments in Australia and Britain have the same effect. So why would we ever elect conservatives to office?
Millions of years of evolution living in hunter-gatherer tribes molded us into beings whose feelings of security and well being depend on being members of a cooperative group. But today’s right wingers want us to believe that we’re all on our own, and any cooperative effort to increase the common good is a catastrophic mistake.
I’d write a book about it if I could ever find a publisher.
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