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Americans Mental Health is Only Going Down

Posted on: August 20th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Americans Mental Health

There have been alarming trends in the state of mental health for America as psychologists and mental health experts have seen a steady decline in psychological wellness. Recently, America has had to confront some serious problems such as the growing substance abuse epidemic, particularly with opioids. In addition, suicide rates per 100,000 people have increased to reach a 30 year high.

Other problems are also raising concerns such as dramatic increases in mental health related disability awards and a surge in post traumatic stress disorder diagnoses among veterans. In 2013 a study of hundreds of different diseases found that the toll of mental disorders has grown in the past two decades even though other conditions have become more manageable. And although mental health has been steadily on the rise, unfortunately access to treatment still remains a huge problem.

Currently about 8.3 million Americans or about 3.4 percent of the adult population suffers from a serious mental health issue. Research has revealed that in spite of these numbers, access to professional help has been deteriorating. About 9.5 percent of people in one study didn’t have health insurance that will cover a psychiatrist, and about 10.5 percent of people experience delays in getting treatment due to insufficient mental health coverage.

In addition to problems with access to treatment there is also a lack of new solutions for mental health issues and research into potential treatments. The stigma behind mental health is also a factor that may prevent people from getting help and instead drive them to self-medicate through substance abuse. All of these issues possibly contribute to a rising problem with mental health that needs to be addressed in the U.S.

Mainly it is important for people to have easy access to treatment and options for new methods of recovery in order to combat the downward trend in American mental health.

Dealing with Homeless Youth

Posted on: July 26th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Dealing with Homeless Youth

Youth homelessness has been on the rise as the cost of living increases and many young people simply can’t afford housing. Even working a minimum wage job can make it difficult to cover the cost of rent in big cities like L.A. Young people that aren’t able to live at home with their parents can end up on the streets because they have nowhere else to turn.

Homeless youth often end up in temporary shelters while going to school and trying to work a part time job. One solution for the homeless youth provided by an organization in L.A. is to provide young people with affordable housing. Jovenes, a non profit group serving homeless youth, is helping alleviate the problem by buying houses and renting out rooms to young people at a price they can afford.

Many of the young people dealing with homeless still have goals and aspirations of becoming independent, finding sustainable careers and being able to afford their own home. Creating affordable housing provides an opportunity to help young people get on their feet until they eventually are able to move forward and reach their goals. Temporary shelters do not provide enough of an opportunity for youth that need a place where they can stay indefinitely until they become more independent.

Creating affordable housing by providing low rent rooms to homeless youth is a long term solution that can have a positive impact on the growing problem of homelessness in cities with high living costs. If young people are able to work, eat and survive then they can grow as individuals instead of falling into the endless cycle of poverty. Jovenes and other organizations working to reduce poverty and the homeless youth population are giving children and young adults a second chance at life.

The Double Standard In Mental Health

Posted on: July 26th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

The Double Standard In Mental Health

Mental health disorders are a problem that affects millions of Americans every day and yet there remains a deep stigma in our country about mental health and treatment. While other physical illnesses are treated as legitimate issues that need medical attention, people with problems such as depression, anxiety or other disorders are still often ignored and even denied access to the care they need. Mental health problems are frequently seen as something within the individual’s own control or people are simply labeled as crazy.

There is often a double standard when it comes to the way people treat a person with a physical illness versus a mental illness. Health insurance companies are less likely to provide coverage for mental health issues and treatment compared to physical illnesses. People are more likely to offer support and sympathy for someone with visual health issue and might be more judgemental when it comes to mental illness.

It is important for people to be educated about mental illness and the need for medical attention regarding mental health issues.  A mental illness can affect the ability of a person to live a healthy and stable life. Mental illness is not a personal failure of an individual, they are often disorders that are inherited through genetic vulnerability or develop as a result of childhood trauma.

A mental illness, like any other disease, is not something that can be easily cured alone. People need access to professional care so that they can treat their disorder and eventually reach a state of better health. Raising more awareness to issues surrounding mental health is crucial in our culture in order to erase the stigma that can sometimes prevent people from getting the help that they need.

Mental Health Treatment in Pasadena

Posted on: June 17th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Mental Health Treatment in Pasadena

For a person struggling with symptoms of a mental illness, it is important for them to find the right kind of care so that they can lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. Mental health treatment centers offer people the support that they need in order to recover from difficult issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and many other illnesses. Local treatment facilities in Pasadena can offer solutions and options for recovery.

When looking into a mental health treatment center it is a good idea to choose between inpatient or outpatient services. Many treatment facilities will offer both options to their clients so that they can recover in the way that works best for their personal lives. Inpatient treatment is beneficial for very severe illnesses that require more time away from stress and work in order to be treated.

Outpatient treatment can be a useful option for people who need to be able to continue going to their job every day or who need to take care of their family while they are receiving care for their illness. Both inpatient and outpatient options can be effective for people depending on the type of illness they have as well as the level of severity. A doctor may recommend a choice for treatment but ultimately the patient can decide what will be the best solution for them.

Pasadena offers many different types of services for people suffering from a variety of illnesses. It is helpful to research facilities and even visit the premises before you commit to a particular treatment center. It is important to feel comfortable and at home in a facility in order to benefit as much as possible.

If you need help for particular symptoms, contact a local treatment center to get a diagnosis and recommendation for a treatment plan.

The Trump Administration and Mental Health

Posted on: May 1st, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

The Trump Administration and Mental Health

President Trump and his administration have made it a mission to overhaul our current healthcare system and eradicate “Obamacare” which they believe was inefficient and problematic. Their new healthcare plan has passed the house but is still being considered by the senate and has not yet been voted into effect.

Many Americans are concerned about what the new healthcare plan will mean for the country’s public health in general but some are also particularly worried about mental health coverage. The expectation of Trump’s healthcare plan is that many Americans will lose their healthcare coverage through federal programs like Medicaid which will be dramatically reduced under the new bill.

Unfortunately for many people in need, the new healthcare plan will slash much of the resources that the Affordable Care Act had made more available for mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse.

Medicaid and Mental Health

Trump’s decision to reduce Medicaid will have a devastating effect on those who rely on it to provide treatment for mental illness or addiction. People are particularly concerned about the new healthcare bill and what it would mean amidst the opioid addiction epidemic that has taken over the country in recent years.

Medicaid is currently the single largest source of funding for mental health and substance abuse treatments. Much of the funding has been provided by Obamacare especially through its expansion to include low-income adults.

A significant portion of people with substance abuse and/or mental health issues have low incomes or are even homeless. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, most people with little income were ineligible for public insurance through Medicaid. Even those with lower middle class incomes who simply had inadequate insurance were unable to receive coverage for mental health until the ACA made significant expansions.

The Cost of Repealing Obamacare

The ACA made it possible for people with low incomes to have access to preventative and rehabilitative services for mental health or substance abuse issues. Previously, Medicaid would only cover issues severe enough to merit admission into an emergency room or institution. With better coverage, people were able to get help before their situation became a mental health emergency.

Previously, most insurance companies would provide more coverage for physical health problems and very little for mental health or substance abuse issues. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act passed in 2008 mandated that employer plans would cover medical and mental health or substance abuse services equally. The ACA also expanded that law to many people on Medicaid, ultimately covering mental health services for more than 30 million people.

Unfortunately, Trump’s new American Health Care Act would take away most of this coverage by cutting Medicaid expansion and reducing funding for low income adults. It would also allow states more flexibility to avoid parity rules and reinstate many of the old barriers for mental health care.

Who Will Lose Coverage?

While the current trend under the Obama administration has been to reduce the number of uninsured Americans to the lowest rates in over 50 years, Trump’s plan would reverse this trend and likely increase the rate of uninsured by 7.4%. The area of the country that would be hit the hardest by this new healthcare plan would be rural America which benefited greatly from ACA’s expansion of Medicaid.

The new healthcare plan would also negatively affect senior citizens who will have to pay higher premiums, deductibles and co-pays if the bill passes. Lower income individuals will receive thousands of dollars less in tax credits which allowed them to afford healthcare under the ACA. Repealing Obamacare for many demographics will mean that they can no longer afford healthcare and will not be covered for medical or mental health services.

Those with mental health issues will be among those who are most affected by the change, especially the many Americans who received care through Medicaid. Although the American Health Care Act will not repeal the Mental Health Parity Act it will remove a mandate that required Medicaid to cover basic mental health and substance abuse services. As a result of this, 1.28 million people currently receiving mental health care through Medicaid will be threatened with losing these services.

The new healthcare plan proposed by the Trump Administration could cause problems for those in need of treatment for substance abuse problems including the millions of Americans addicted to opiates. Although Trump promised to fight the painkiller epidemic, his plans to end Medicaid coverage for substance abuse services will make it more difficult for people to receive addiction treatment.

Although many republicans support the bill, it remains to be seen how the new healthcare plan will affect Americans including many of Trump’s supporters.