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USA Today - Satcher-Kennedy: How to fix mental health system

David Satcher and Patrick J. Kennedy 1:10 p.m. EST February 4, 2015

What if we told you there was an issue that virtually everyone — Democrat, Republican and Independents — agreed on? Would it further surprise you that it’s a subject on which we’ve been silent for generations?

But now, an overwhelming majority (96%) of the public agrees that mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and alcohol or drug abuse are serious public health problems, according to a new poll by Public Opinion Strategies. Almost as many (93%) believe that the current way we are handling mental health needs to change.

I’m a little disappointed that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia weren’t mentioned at all, but I guess all boats rise as depression looses its stigma.

Nowadays you see ads for ‘bipolar depression’ drugs which are also used to treat schizophrenia, so maybe there will be schizophrenia ads eventually.