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You may have better mental health than you imagine! In fact, it’s possible “mental health” doesn’t actually describe what we’ve been measuring. Check out this totally macro level summary of recent statistics on mental health and mental health treatment and see what you think. Source links below.

Yes, that’s how it looks to me. Half of us are happier than the other half. Which sounds like math to me, not a mental health assessment. What do you think?

Sources

20% current, 50% lifetime mental illness rate: https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/data_publications/index.htm  retrieved 7/27/19

26% current mental illness, 46% lifetime: https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/leading-health-indicators/2020-lhi-topics/Mental-Health/determinants  retrieved 7/27/19 cites 2011 CDC report

17% optimal mental health: https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/leading-health-indicators/2020-lhi-topics/Mental-Health/determinants  retrieved 7/27/19 cites 2011 CDC report

16.6% (1 in 6) takes psych med https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/1-in-6-americans-takes-a-psychiatric-drug/  retrieved 7/27/19

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