Mental Health

The Troubling Truth about America’s Mental Health

Mental Health 8These days it’s very common to turn on the news and hear a story about tragedy.

The stress of terrorism, death, destruction, and disorderly conduct is driving tens of millions in our country to the brinks of despair. Data shows that the state of our nation’s mental health is changing – and not for the better. Here are some sobering facts about our national mental health:

  • According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 20 percent of U.S. adolescents of high-school age are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

  • At least 33 percent of U.S. workers deal with chronic stress that interferes with daily functioning.

  • Millions of Americans rely on some sort of toxic substance to provide stress relief.

  • Suicide now claims more American lives than vehicular accidents.

  • Our soldiers’ are more likely to die at their own hands as a result of suicide than be killed in combat by others.

With all the technological and medical advancements, one might expect levels of emotional heath to be improving with time instead of declining. A recent article from WND offers some insight regarding what’s behind the disturbing trend.

According to the article, life in America during the 1950s was much simpler and less stressful, not as compounded by societal troubles. Some attribute our current state of affairs to the breakdown of the family unit, a lack of traditional values, an unstable economy, and our devalued currency.

Fortunately, there are simple solutions that can help minimize stress and aid mental and physical health. Many people have found relief by getting back to the basics – maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding substance abuse, engaging in frequent exercise, and reflecting through meditation or prayer.

The Family Guidance Center also offers programs that teach healthy coping mechanisms. Forthrightly addressing issues of mental health is the best way to move forward and give people the peace and happiness they deserve. How might mental health services benefit your health or the health of your family?