WHAT IT IS
- With Senators attempting to rehaul health care in America, debate has sparked over insurance responsibility of mental health.
- Stress is a physical reaction that causes the “flight or fight” response. “Fight or flight” is no longer necessary for survival; therefore, most people experience chronic stress which can have harmful effects on the body.
- Depression is a mental disorder classified by feelings of hopelessness and sadness. It can be caused by biological chemical malfunctions in the brain, environmental factors, genetics, and personality.
- Anxiety is a disorder often associated with stress and depression where the symptoms of both are intensified, and affects 18.1 percent of adults in the U.S.
WHY IT MATTERS
About 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older suffer from depressive disorder in any given year. Many that suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression do not get the help they require. 1 in 10 patients have insurance that does not cover the treatment costs, despite the harmful effects on the human mind and body.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- The new GOP health plan could reverse ACA mental health mandatories.
- The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was updated in 2013 to help standardized diagnoses of mental illness.
- Parity in treating mental illness.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- The stigma around mental illness may prevent support for treatment, causing diagnosed people to pay penalties from their life and disability insurance providers.
- Up to 15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide.
- If we could see the effects of stress, depression and anxiety like we could see a broken leg, would that affect medical coverage?
- Even if mental illness treatment is covered, is it helpful if the treatment is not adequate?