|Basic InformationLookupsLatest News|Care Access Worsening for Adults With Psychological DistressJust 1 in 5 Mentally Ill Women Gets Cervical Cancer ScreeningsAnxious? Distressed? You're Not AlonePast Psychiatric Disorders Do Not Raise Risk of Alzheimer's DiseasePast Psychiatric Ills Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: StudySelf-Harm Can Be a Harbinger of SuicideClimate Change May Cloud Americans' Mental Health: ReportKetamine Beneficial for Certain Patients With Mood DisordersPatients Reluctant to Comply With Drug-Only Psychiatric TreatmentPatients Often Reject Drug-Only Psychiatric TreatmentStudy Links Psychiatric Disorders to Stroke RiskAnxiety, Depression May Up Mortality Risk for Some CancersMental Health May Affect Chances Against CancerObamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, AddictionsMany With Mental Illness Miss Out on HIV TestsPlastic Surgeons Often Miss Patients' Mental DisordersMortality Risk in T2DM Increased With Depression and/or AnxietyMost Smokers With Mental Illness Want to Kick the HabitRate of Psychiatric Drug Use About 16 Percent in U.S. Adults1 in 6 U.S. Adults Takes a Psychiatric Drug: StudyFor People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be InvaluableHealth Tip: Thinking About Psychological Therapy?Heart Rate, BP in Male Teens Tied to Later Risk for Psych DisordersU.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERsAre Some Blood Pressure Meds Linked to Depression, Bipolar Risk?Study Links Pot Use to Relapse in Psychosis PatientsInternet Addiction May Be Red Flag for Other Mental Health Issues: StudyPsychiatric Patients Face Longer Waits in ERParents' Psychiatric Issues May Adversely Affect Some ChildrenAntipsychotic Meds Pose Little Danger to Fetus, Study FindsInfertility Patients' Mental Health Problems Often UnaddressedStudy of Teen Brains Offers Clues to Timing of Mental IllnessHealth Tip: Take Steps to Stay Mentally HealthyAre 'Workaholics' Prone to OCD, Anxiety?Mentally Ill Still Gain Illegal Possession of Guns, Study ShowsMental Disorders Were Most Costly in U.S. in 2013For New Antipsychotic Users, Dose, Duration Impact MortalityU.S. Soldier in Custody Following Slaying of 5 Americans in IraqQuestions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Care Access Worsening for Adults With Psychological Distress
Updated: Apr 17th 2017
MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An estimated 8.3 million American adults -- about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population -- suffer from serious psychological distress, with barriers to care on the rise, according to research published online April 17 in Psychiatric Services.
The study included national health data from a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The investigators found that between 2006 and 2014, access to health care services deteriorated for people with serious psychological distress, compared to people without emotional distress. Comparing self-reported psychological distress symptoms across nine years, the research team estimated that 9.5 percent of distressed Americans in 2014 did not have health insurance that would give them access to a psychiatrist or mental health counselor.
In 2014, people with serious psychological distress were nearly three times more likely to experience delays in getting professional help due to insufficient mental health coverage than people without serious distress. Furthermore, 9.9 percent of people with serious psychological distress could not afford to pay for their psychiatric care in 2014, up from 8.7 percent in 2006.
"Although our analysis does not give concrete reasons why mental health services are diminishing, it could be from shortages in professional help, increased costs of care not covered by insurance, the great recession, and other reasons worthy of further investigation," lead researcher Judith Weissman, Ph.D., J.D., a research manager in the department of medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said in a center news release. "Our study may also help explain why the U.S. suicide rate is up to 43,000 people each year."
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
This article: Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.