20% of American adults may suffer from mental illness each year!

The Washington Post (1/19, Brown) reports, “About 20 percent of American adults suffer some sort of mental illness each year, and about five percent experience a serious disorder that disrupts work, family or social life, according to a government report released Thursday” by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).” One has to consider how mental illness is diagnosed and  that deviations from a totally sedate life without any deviation towards either anxiety or depression is rare. I found this just another of those statements that shows how adverse the American public is toward risk and how so many people want a specialist to provide a pill for any deviation from normal, whatever that is. Sure statements as the above only increase the cost of healthcare with no evidence that there is any benefit.