Mental Illness Of Mental Health Disorders

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In the past couple decades, substantial and somewhat reliable evidence has been gathered on mental illnesses and their prevalence. Before around the 1980’s though, the evidence that was gathered on mental illnesses was too inconsistent to be credible. In a survey conducted by the World Health Organization’s department of World Mental Health, data was gathered on the prevalence of mental health disorders in 14 countries around the world. The results of these surveys conclude that mental health disorders are more prevalent than any other chronic illness. The author of the article “Prevalence, Severity, and Unmet Need for Treatment of Mental Health Disorders in the World Health Organization World Mental Health Surveys”, named Koen Demyttenaere, makes the argument that the effects of these disorders could be lessened or cured with adequate treatment. In his article, he makes the points that mild mental illnesses that go untreated can turn into more serious problems, mental illnesses have a greater effect on role-functioning than many physical chronic illnesses, and that treatment resources should be reallocated to help combat mental health problems. So the main theme is that there is not sufficient treatment for mental health disorders that should be treated. Mental disorders, just like any other illness, require treatment to alleviate their effects. Due to the lack of proper treatment for these mental disorders, many cases of mild mental disorders can worsen over time,
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