Anxiety/Depression

Anxiety is never really understood unless you have or experience it. It can be debilitating and scary.  18.1% of Americans over the age 18 suffer from anxiety and 6.7% of those who also suffer from depression. 53% suffer from drug abuse and 37% suffer from alcohol abuse.  I think this country needs to address the mental health issue. If doctors can diagnosis and treat mental illnesses earlier we can stop alot of self medicating with opioids and alcohol.  Parents need to understand the the consequences of ignoring signs of mental illness and speak to a pediatrician about mental health issues. Pediatricians so need to educate parents of mental heath and that mental health can be inheriated.

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