Essay about Substance Abuse And Mental Health

1027 Words Dec 8th, 2014 5 Pages
According to the Nation Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in 2013, nearly 1 in 5 adults age 18 or older had a mental illness within the past year, 4.2 percent had a serious mental illness, and 3.9 percent had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. Of the 2.6 million adolescents in past year that had a major depressive episode (MDE) 977,000 received treatment for depression. This represented 38.1 percent of adolescents with past year MDE. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) These statistics help to reinforce the idea that many people have a negative opinion about getting treatment for mental health issues. This could be because the person personally experiencing the issues thinks negatively about receiving treatment or the people around this person have influenced the persons thinking. The problem with this is that when it happens it can lead to a person’s problems going untreated which in turn makes the illness worse over time. From what I have personally encountered there are two different views on the idea of mental health treatment. Most people that I have talked to about the subject generally agree that finding treatment and getting professional help for mental health issues is what someone with those kind of problems should do. They understand that there is something wrong in the person’s brain that they cannot fix on their own so they need to seek professional medical help. On the other side of this discussion there are some people…

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