People with substance use disorders and other mental health issues face greater stigma than those with other illnesses. Many of the addiction-related terms widely used in our society—even in the addiction field—retain an implicit moral judgment and subtly frame drug problems as transgressions worthy of punishment. Read more.
Less than half of Americans know that there is a law providing consumer protections specifically for mental health and substance use disorder insurance benefits. Over 41 million adults in the U.S. have some form of mental illness, yet in 2014, only 19.4 million adults received mental health care. In the same year, approximately 22.5 million people aged 12 or older in the U.S. had substance use disorder, but only 2.6 million people received treatment at a specialty facility.1 Read more.
After a tragic event happened in an affluent South Florida town, theories started to buzz about why an average college student would violently attack a couple completely unprovoked. The first theory was designer drugs, which was a growing problem in the area. Then an expert suggested perhaps drugs exacerbated an underlying mental illness, causing him to spiral. Read more.
To promote recovery and treatment of people with serious mental illnesses, the health care community must foster innovation in treatment and resources. We are making great strides with interventions such as Coordinated Specialty Care for early intervention in psychosis. Medications are a critical part of treatment and recovery for many persons, especially those with Serious Mental illnesses and we need to make sure we’re introducing new medications, as a critically important tool for pursuing recovery. Read more.
Children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly twice as likely to suffer an injury requiring a hospital visit compared to those without ADHD. Adults with ADHD are at increased risk of driving accidents. Taking additional precautions can help reduce these risks, and some research shows that the risk is reduced for those taking medication for ADHD. Read more.