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Slide 1: Assessment Of Mental Health In America A leading mental health organization, Mental Health America, has repeatedly researched on current issues concerning mental wellness. Alongside them, there are other studies that are constantly carried out in conjunction to separate researches by other mental health organizations. Amongst their studies are the top American stressors and the capacity of Americans to cope with them. In this article, we'd try to review this specific study and would offer concurrent details from other sources. Most mental health organizations recognize that the accelerating changes in know-how on top of unhealthy lifestyle, negative environmental stressors, and a dysfunctional household contribute considerably to the well being of an individual. Americans, specifically, find it tough to cope with a really busy society. Also, coping mechanisms are unhealthy such as smoking, drug-dependence and other harmful measures. What are the major stressors in America? Stress as a result of monetary issues is the main stressor that bothers most Americans. Virtually 50% of our population is bombarded with financial issues that include mortgage payments, month-tomonth payments and deficiencies on bank payments. Then again, 34% of all Americans are affected by health issues. A third main stressor is unemployment and underemployment affecting 32% of the American population. What do statistics say? In every 4 American adults there's one which has a diagnosable mental disorder. This translates to 25% of the entire population or 57.7 million Americans who are 18 years old and above. Nevertheless, serious mental illness occurs in one out of 17 individuals. Whereas this is a considerably lower figure as compared with the general number of individuals with mental disorders, we nonetheless can't negate the fact that mental disorders are the leading illness in America, not cancer or obesity-related diseases and disorders. Perhaps among the highest, if not the highest, rate of mental disability is depression or major depressive disorder which affects almost 15% of the adults' general population. For ages 18 years old and above, depression occurs in nearly 7% of the whole population. Mood disorder, alternatively, affects 9.5% of the total American population with the age of 18 and above. Forty million Individuals are susceptible to developing anxiety problems while there are 15 million People suffering from social phobia. Roughly, there are 6.8 million or 3% of the American population is experiencing diagnosable generalized anxiety disorder or (GAD) and 3.5% have representations of PostTraumatic Disorder. 1% has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, 6 million adults have panic disorder and Schizophrenia makes 2.4 of the American adult population suffer from its symptoms. (Note: The age of the sample size for all figures are 18 years old and above unless stipulated.) Who's the most stressed American?
Slide 2: The most stressed Individuals are parents while individuals who feel lesser stress are those who are college students. Their stressors come from interpersonal relationships, financial obligations and career or employments issues. Whereas some mentally ill folks will not be conscious of some of their issues as a result of nature of their disorders, it is still considered that they are among the people who feel high levels of stress which come from social stigma, personal issues, unemployment and health. What are the coping methods? More than 80% of all stressed Americans find using mass media such as tv and music as a great way to manage stress. Second to that is through seeking support from relations and ranking third is through meditation and/or prayer. Let's face it. Regardless of the fact that our authorities, NGOs and mental health organizations are working closely to make America a bit better place by improving their services, mental health illness still affects our population significantly..

   
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