U.S. & State Attitudes on Mental IllnessBy the year 2020, depression — second only to heart disease — will be the second leading cause of the global burden of disease. That’s why it’s important to understand how people view mental illness, and whether their view of it — and people who have it — is compassionate or confused.

Thankfully, the federal government is on it. SAMHSA announced today the publication of a national and state-by-state report based upon the results of a a survey of 195,000 Americans surveyed.

More than 80 percent of adults agreed that treatment can help people with mental illness lead normal lives.

Fewer adults — 35 – 67 percent — thought that people are caring and sympathetic to those with mental illness.

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U.S. & State Attitudes on Mental Illness

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  1. Having been a survivor of psychiatry, I can say without hyperbole that psychiatry is the worst thing humankind has ever created. Here’s why:

    1. “Mental illnesses” have no objective basis. Mental illnesses are largely defined as abnormal behavior. Who is to say that people who are abnormal are “ill”? Who is to say that being paranoid makes someone dangerous?

    2. Psychiatry has the power to imprison and institutionalize people merely for being different. This is a form of slavery. People should only be denied freedom if they commit a crime, not because they believe that Martians are real.

    3. Psychiatric medications are extremely dangerous. Most of them cause weight gain and increased blood sugar levels. People who are institutionalized are forced to take these medications.

    In conclusion, there should be a separation between state and psychiatry similar to how there is a separation between state and religion.

    • Good points.

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