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The Prevalence of Mental Illness

A large survey called the National Comorbidity Survey Replication has shown that almost half of all adult Americans at some time, and nearly a quarter in any given year, have had a psychiatric disorder. While more today are getting traditional treatment than in the early 1990’s, there is a greater percentage using an orthomolecular treatment with vitamin, mineral and amino acid supplementation such as contained in the QuietMinds Nutritional Supplement formula.

The rate was highest for anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (29%). Next came impulse control disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder (25%). Twenty-one percent had had a mood disorder and 15% had been dependent on or an abuser of alcohol or other drugs.

QuietMinds, LLC agrees that the most common individual psychiatric disorders are major depression (17%), alcohol abuse (13%), social anxiety disorder (12%), and conduct disorder (9.5%), all of which high volume nutritional supplementation has been known to help, both in research trials and with QuietMinds Supplements . Women were more likely to have had anxiety and mood disorders, men more likely to have had impulse control disorders. Different disorders often went together, especially anxiety and depression. About 28% of the population suffered more than one psychiatric disorder.

Psychiatric disorders begin early in life the study revealed — in half of cases before age 14 and in three-fourths of cases before age 24. On average, anxiety and impulse control disorders first appeared at age 11, substance abuse at age 20, and depression at age 30.

Study authors define a “severe” disorder as one involving a suicide attempt, psychosis, severe drug dependence, serious violence, substantial disability or limitation, or being “out of role,” that is, unable to function normally in family life, at work, and in personal relationships, for a month or more. By this definition, 22% of psychiatric disorders were severe, and 6% of the population had a severe psychiatric disorder in the previous year.

However, QuietMinds, LLC’s Ned Bishop believes these numbers may be an underestimate. Some people must have failed to recall symptoms (especially chronic mild to moderate depression) or as he explained, “they were just reluctant to report symptoms because of the stigma associated with mental illness.”

It is important to note that homeless and institutionalized persons were excluded from the survey. The rate of response was 71%, and people who declined to participate probably had a higher than average rate of psychiatric illness.

Interviewers went on to ask: “Have you ever been treated for problems with your emotions or nerves or your use of alcohol or drugs?” About 80% of people with a psychiatric disorder had eventually sought treatment, but often only after a long delay — the average was 10 years after symptoms first appeared. Major depression and panic disorder were usually treated fairly quickly, but fewer than 7% sought treatment for social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit disorder within the first year. And nearly half of those with impulse control or drug problems had never sought help at all.

About 17% of the interviewees, including 41% of those with a psychiatric disorder, said they had used mental health services in the previous year. Women were more likely to use these services than men, and whites more than blacks and Latinos with similar symptoms.

Family doctors, nurses, and other general medical professionals provided treatment for 23%; psychiatrists for 12%; other mental health professionals such as social workers and psychologists for 16%; counselors or spiritual advisers for 8%; and complementary and alternative practitioners (including self-help groups) for 7%. (The total is more than 41% because some people received treatment from more than one source.)

The reports states that most of this treatment was inadequate, at least by the standards applied in the survey. The researchers defined minimum adequacy as a suitable medication at a suitable dose for two months, along with at least four visits to a physician; or else eight visits to any licensed mental health professional. By that definition, only 33% of people with a psychiatric disorder were treated adequately, and only 13% of those who saw general medical practitioners.

QuietMinds customers have continued a loyal regimen while using QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements for years. Many report that the very fact that psychiatric treatment was inadequate was cause to commence QuietMinds. And for those who have continued they report a sustain stability that can be fleeting if the QuietMinds Supplements are discontinued. While seeing a psychiatrist is not considered necessary to taking QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements, maintaining regular visits to a medical professional is strongly recommended.