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Three-quarters of Americans feel mental health conditions are identified and treated much worse than physical health issues within the U.S. healthcare system, even as more than 80% perceive a dramatic rise in prevalence of mental health issues in the last five years, according to a new survey from West Health and Gallup released at the start of Mental Health Awareness Month and Older Americans Month.

Nearly identical percentages believe mental health is handled either “much” (38%) or “somewhat” worse (37%) than physical health ailments, while 15% say they are dealt with “about the same.” Just 5% think mental health is treated “somewhat” (4%) or “much” better (1%). This negative assessment of mental healthcare comes as 4 in 5 Americans perceive an increase in conditions such as depression or anxiety over the past five years, including 42% who think they have increased a lot.

These latest findings may explain why 57% of Americans give poor to failing grades to the nation’s healthcare system for its handling of mental health conditions — 32% give it a “D” and 25% give it an “F.” Only 1% awarded the top grade of “A”, with 8% giving it a “B” and 27% a “C.”

A recent survey revealed that many Americans perceive mental health treatment as inferior to physical health care. The study, conducted nationwide, indicates that while awareness of mental health issues has grown, there remains a significant gap in the perceived quality and accessibility of mental health services compared to physical health care. The survey participants cited several reasons for this perception, including long wait times, high costs, and the stigma still associated with seeking mental health care.

The article highlights the need for systemic changes to bridge this gap, emphasizing the importance of integrating mental health services with primary care, increasing funding for mental health programs, and improving insurance coverage for mental health treatments. Experts argue that equalizing the quality of care between mental and physical health services could lead to better overall health outcomes and reduce the societal stigma surrounding mental health issues.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or mental health challenges, it’s essential to seek help. Professional support can make a significant difference. Call at 855-339-1112 for guidance and assistance on the road to recovery.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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