Editorial: What's Troubling Mental Healthcare?

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illness is a silent epidemic.

Each year, one in four adults in the U.S. — 57.7 million people — experience mental illness, a leading cause of disability. Depression alone gnaws away three times more work hours than diabetes, 20 times more than cancer.

Although mental illness is treatable, and millions recover, the stigma often forces its victims to turn inward. Only 40 percent of Americans living with mental illness ever get treatment.

"We wouldn't accept it if only 40 percent of Americans with cancers got treatment," President Obama asked last year. "Why should we accept it when it comes to mental health?"

Source: The Seattle Times

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