New Report Finds 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Struggle With Mental Illness

A recent article at The Huffington Post had a startling headline: 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Had Mental Illness Last Year. A new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed the following:

  • 20% (1 in 5) of adults 18 or older in the United States experienced mental illness over the past year. Of these, 29.9% of 18 to 25-year-olds experienced mental illness in the last year, as opposed to 14.3% of people over 50.
  • 7.7% of 18 to 25-year-olds experienced serious mental illness, as opposed to 3.2% of people over 50.
  • 6.6% of 10 to 25-year-olds seriously contemplated suicide, as opposed to 2.5% of people over 50.
  • 8% of children between the ages of 12 and 17 had a major depressive episode in the past year.

As the Huffington Post article points out, this data comes on the heels of a study last year that showed that the United States has the highest rate of bipolar disorder of the 11 countries examined, coming in at 4.4%. America is fast becoming a nation of mental illness. But why?

One possible answer lies in our current vaccination schedule. Many people who suffer from mental illnesses such as depression or schizophrenia also suffer from chronic diseases, which are often themselves associated with vaccination. Could vaccines also be causing mental illness? ADHD, for instance, has been linked to vaccination before. And it may be no coincidence that adults between 18 and 25 form the first generation of children who were given three times as many vaccines as their parents – who, being 50 and over, are significantly less likely to suffer from mental illness according to this study.

Unfortunately, it is these same people, now age 18 to 25, who will continue getting more and more vaccines, what with the now-annual flu shot drives and the recommendations for parents and grandparents of young children to get vaccinated. If our hypothesis is true, this generation is going to continue to develop more chronic diseases than their parents and grandparents ever did – and by continuing to vaccinate, to pass these same diseases onto their children.

This is exactly why the concept of informed choice is so important. People need to have the freedom to inform themselves about vaccine costs and benefits, and to decide for themselves whether the benefits do indeed outweigh the risks. If you too want to protect your right to choose, please join the NVIC Advocacy Team – as our post earlier this week showed, vaccine choice is always under attack, and your voice can truly make a difference.

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