Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 3: Impact of state budget on treating mental illnesses

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 3: Impact of state budget on treating mental illnesses

Lately, Americans have been expressing their dissatisfaction with the existing mental health system in the nation and have been demanding an increase in investments in mental health services to assist those suffering from such problems. Though some states have responded by increasing the funding for mental health services, other states have gone a step back by cutting mental health funding. As per a research, cut mental health services leads to excessive spending on homelessness, criminal justice and crisis services. Read more

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 2: Overcrowding ERs affecting psychiatric patients’ treatment

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 2: Overcrowding ERs affecting psychiatric patients’ treatment

Lack of inpatient psychiatric beds in the United States is posing hurdles in the treatment of mental disorders. Studies over the past decade have shown that emergency room (ER) overcrowding has resulted in higher mortality rate of patients in the ER, in higher costs of medical treatment and in higher stress levels for medical professionals. Read more

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 1: California’s shortage of psychiatric bed impacts mental treatment

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 1: California’s shortage of psychiatric bed impacts mental treatment

Shortage of psychiatric beds in state mental facilities across the nation is negatively affecting the treatment of people with severe mental illness. This is forcing people suffering from mental illness to get lodged in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for their treatment. As per experts, the practice of shifting patients with severe mental illness to other wards makes the patients receive little or no mental health service. Read more

Destigmatizing mental health problems

Destigmatizing mental health problems

Mental health problems, coupled with the stigma attached to them, gradually become a condition beyond repair for many people. In other words, people with a mental disorder are doubly challenged – first, with the pressure to deal with their mental disability, and second, with the society’s attitude toward such illnesses. Read more

Symptoms of bipolar disorder occur in childhood

Symptoms of bipolar disorder occur in childhood

Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings and changes in an individual’s energy levels. While these symptoms are often ignored by many, they can have a serious impact on an individual’s life. As per the Mental Health America (MHA), over 3.3 million American adults suffer from bipolar disorder every year. Read more