Abnormal Is the New Normal: Why will half of the U.S. population have a diagnosable mental disorder?

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Abnormal Is the New Normal: Why will half of the U.S. population have a diagnosable mental disorder?

 

Slate ^ | April 12, 2013 | Robin S. Rosenberg

 

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 11:28:25 AM by neverdem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although fewer than 6 percent of American adults will have a severe mental illness in a given year, according to a 2005 study, many more—more than a quarter each year—will have some diagnosable mental disorder.

 

That’s a lot of people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost 50 percent of Americans (46.4 percent to be exact) will have a diagnosable mental illness in their lifetimes, based on the previous edition, the DSM-IV. And the new manual will likely make it even “easier” to get a diagnosis.

 

 

 

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