Mental Health Care Facts
In 2001 the U.S. spent $85 billion on mental health services.
In 2008 the U.S. spent $170 billion on mental health services.
In 2014 Missouri has budgeted over $1.8 billion on mental health services, of which over $1 billion comes from the Federal government.
In 2015 the U.S. is expected to spend $280 billion on mental health services.
The public, through Medicaid and Medicare programs, covers 60% of this cost.
These figures do not include the costs of SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) disability programs. The lifetime cost of caring for an 18-year-old who goes onto disability for mental illness can be expected to exceed $2 million.
In 1990 11.16 million people in the U.S. were treated for psychiatric disorders compared to 21.77 million people in 2003. In 1990 1.47 million people were on U.S. government disability roles compared to 3.25 million people in 2003.
This situation is not getting better. People are not getting well from psychiatric care. Perhaps you know someone on disability or who is in psychiatric treatment. Are they getting well?
The long-term recovery rate for schizophrenia patients is 30% better if they are not taking anti-psychotic drugs.
Virtually anyone at any given time can temporarily meet the criteria for bipolar disorder or ADHD.
120 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with mental disorders and placed on psychiatric drugs as “treatment.”
There are no medical or scientific tests that can prove mental disorders are medical conditions. Psychiatric diagnosis is based solely on opinion.
The fact is, there are many medical conditions, that undetected and untreated, can appear as psychiatric ‘symptoms. There are non-harmful, non-drug solutions to treating problems of mood, attention, behavior that do not require a psychiatric diagnosis or psychiatric “treatment” (drugs) but can be effectively treated with standard medical, not psychiatric, treatment.
CCHR has compiled all international drug regulatory warnings and studies about psychiatric drug risks into an easy to search psychiatric drug database.
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