It is no secret that psych disorders are prevalent in our society. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that one in five adults in the United States – approximately 43.8 million people – suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. While this number is shocking, it becomes even more alarming when you consider that only about half of those who need treatment actually receive it.
What accounts for these shockingly high numbers? There are many factors, but one of the most significant is the way we view and treat mental illness. In this article, I will explore some of the reasons why psych disorders are so prevalent and suggest ways we can address this problem.
One of the primary reasons why people do not seek treatment for mental illness is the stigma attached to it. Mental illness is often viewed as a sign of weakness, and those who suffer from it are often seen as damaged or defective. This can be very damaging to a person’s self-esteem and can make them reluctant to seek help.
2. Lack of Awareness
Another reason why psych disorders are so prevalent is that many people are unaware of their symptoms and how to get help. Many people do not know that there are treatments available for mental illness, or they may not know where to go for help.
3. Lack of Resources
A third reason why psych disorders are so prevalent is that there are simply not enough resources available to treat them. There are not enough mental health professionals to meet the demand, and those who are available often do not have the necessary training. In addition, many insurance policies do not cover mental health services.
4. Lack of Funding
A fourth reason why psych disorders are so prevalent is that there is a lack of funding for research and treatment. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest organization in the United States dedicated to research on mental illness, but its budget has been slashed in recent years. This has had a negative impact on our ability to find new treatments and cures for mental illness.
5. Social Factors
Finally, one of the reasons why psych disorders are so prevalent is due to social factors. Poverty, homelessness, and abuse can all lead to mental illness. In addition, our society is increasingly stressful, and this can also lead to mental illness.
6. It is difficult to get help
The biggest reason why psych disorders are prevailing so much in our society is that it is difficult to get help. Many people do not want to admit that they have a problem and go to see a doctor. They may be embarrassed or ashamed of their condition. They may also feel like they are the only one who has this problem and that no one can help them. This can lead to them feeling isolated and alone. They may also be reluctant to seek help because they do not know where to find it or how to pay for it.
7. Mental health is not taken seriously
Another reason why psych disorders are so common is that mental health is not taken seriously. People often view mental health issues as being less serious than physical health issues. This can lead to people not seeking treatment for their mental health problems. It can also lead to people being ridiculed or discriminated against because of their mental health condition. This can make it even harder for people to seek help and recover from their disorder.
It is evident that psych disorders are prevailing more in our society today. There could be a number of reasons for this, but one thing is for sure: we need to do something about it. We cannot continue to ignore the problem and hope that it will just go away. The first step is admitting that there is a problem, and then we can start working on finding solutions. What kind of solutions do you ask? Well, that’s up for debate, but what we do know is that something needs to change. Are you ready to help make a change?