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More children in Pennsylvania had access to mental health care than in any other state.
Click here to find your state. The average nationwide was 60 percent, with a low of 42 percent in Texas and a high of 82 percent in Pennsylvania. The 2007 statistics were compiled by the National Survey of Children's Health. ... []
Prescription drug prices rose nearly 9 percent in 2009.
Read more in the New York Times about the increase in the cost of drugs based on analysis by Credit Suisse and IMS Health which tracks the pharmaceutical industry. This amounts to $21 billion more than expected and the hikes anticipate changes in negotiation over drug pricing should health reform succeed.... []
Last year about 30.9 million people drove under the influence of alcohol.
Read more from the National Institute of Drug Abuse about patterns of drivers, age 12 and older, reporting alcohol and drug use. ... []
Re-arrest for people with a mental illness is higher than for ex-inmates generally.
Read more about restoring benefits and re-establishing life in a community: LIFELINES: Linking to Federal Benefits for People Exiting Corrections published by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.... []
Syphillis accounted for about 20 percent of the admissions to mental hospitals 100 years ago.
Read more about this is in the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Illness.... []
Half the nation's marriage and family therapists are in California.
Read more about the disproportionate distribution of services to meet need in the October issue of Psychiatric Services.... []
Lithium's effect was discovered accidentally by an Australian doctor experimenting with guinea pigs.
Read more about the process by whiche Dr. John Cade learned that lithium had a calming effect in the laboratory. To test the properties of lithium, Cade used took it himself before giving it to 10 patients on an experimental basis.... []
Mental Illness Awareness week was first proclaimed by Pres. George Bush 20 years ago.
Read the proclamation signed 20 years ago, Sep. 29, 1989. This year Mental Illness Awareness week will be observed Oct. 4-11.... []
More than half of all prisoners in the United States have a mental illness.
Read more from the opening statement of Sen. Dick Durbin at the (Sept. 15, 2009) Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearings, "Human Rights at Home: Mental Illness in U.S. Prisons and Jails." ... []
Twice as many adolescents who drink live with fathers who have alcohol disorders.
Read more about this study from SAMHSA. ... []
The cost of second generation atypical drugs average $10 a day.
"Off Label Use of Antipsychotic medications in the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System" appears in the September issue of Psychiatric Services. Abstract available. ... []
Three out of 10 people have a mental health crisis and two-thirds of them receive no treatment.
To read more from The Lancet series about global mental health services, download Barriers to Reform (pdf).... []
An equal number of Americans prefer status quo taxes instead of universal health insurance.
For information about this, and findings of other polls, see Kaiser Health News. The poll reflects a CNN opinion poll taken May 14-17, 2009.... []
POLL: Primary care and mental illness
. . .do you have both? []
Medicaid spent $137 for a day of home health service compared to $1447 for one day in the hospital.
Read more from a report titled Olmstead. from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health ... []
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most frequently taught evidence-based therapy during clinical training.
Read more about the lack of training clinicians in evidence-based therapies in "National Survey of Psychotherapy Training in Psychiatry, Psychology, and Social Work," by Myrna M. Weissman, et. al, in the Archives of General Psychiatry.... []
Spending on antipsychotic medication reached $13.1 billion in 2007, third highest of all drugs.
Read more about atypical antipsychotic medication in Health Affairs. ... []
Four in ten people with schizophrenia say they have gotten no treatment in the previous 6 - 12 months.
Read more about this in Schizophrenia Bulletin... []
In China, 8 percent of those with a mental illness ever sought help.
Read more about this study of China between 2001 and 2005 in The Lancet.... []
Medicaid accounts for 42 percent of state mental health revenues.
Read more about Medicaid and Medicare from National Health Policy Forum.... []
When there is a dual diagnosis, mood disorders are most likely to be associated with substance use disorders.
Read more about dual disorders from AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).... []
It takes 17 years for scientific knowledge to become incorporated into routine practice.
Download Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century (2001), from the Institute of Medicine. ... []
Half of the counties in the US have no mental health professionals.
Read more of this testimony before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, April 30, 2009.... []
Depression is a risk factor for suicide in the elderly.
Read more from the National Instutitue of Mental Health.... []
Bipolar disorder ranks 6th of causes of disability worldwide.
Read more from Psychiatric Services. ... []

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