The Good News and the Bad News About Mental Health Care in America

The good news is that improvement rates for serious mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness) rival or surpass those for chronic physical diseases like diabetes and heart disease, provided that the patient receives the right treatment — consistently. The bad news is that an astonishing 80 percent of people in this country with treatable mental disorders do not have their conditions detected in medical or other settings — and even when identified and properly diagnosed, they do not receive effective treatment.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lloyd-i-sederer-md/mental-health-care_b_862051.html

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