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Mental health of Northeast Texas citizens continues to decline, finds study
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The quantum of unhappiness in Texas has continued to go up, considering that the number of mental health facilities in the state does not commensurate with the percentage of the population looking for effective recovery options. Now, a group of researchers examining the constantly rising rates of depression and suicide has suggested how a major chunk of the population of Northeast Texas suffers from poor emotional health compared with those living elsewhere in the state.

The researchers outlined how a deficiency in the number of rehab centers for the mentally ill has added to the woes of those affected. “There is a need for more regional detox and mental health facilities, as waiting lists are so long that people feel discouraged and turned away due to long wait and entry times,” they explained. The summary is based on findings that underscore a rise in suicide rates in the 23-county Northeast Texas area. According to the study, the region’s age-adjusted suicide rate is nearly 16.09 deaths for every 100,000 inhabitants as against 11.15 per 100,000 residents statewide. The findings also highlight how the state rate continues to be lower than a county’s in the Northeast Texas region. Suicide mortality rates in Morris, Van Zandt and Anderson counties were found to be two times more than the state’s, reported the study.

Regional Needs Assessment draws attention to Texas’ problems

The findings of the study titled “Regional Needs Assessment” highlight the state of poor mental health in the region. The study revealed how Gregg County ranked high among counties with 6.4 per 100,000 patients seeking psychiatric treatment as opposed to the average rate being limited to nearly 4.4 only.

The study also provides details about region-based consumption of marijuana, painkillers and alcohol. While the idea is to adopt a collective approach toward resolving the mental health crisis, the findings also highlight the need to delve into issues beyond psychological problems. According to the study, children belonging to households with earnings below the federal poverty line show a higher proclivity to abuse prescription opioids.

The researchers have attributed dependence on illicit substances and indulgence in alcohol drinking to elevated motor vehicle crash rates. “These counties border the gambling and alcohol-related attractions across the Texas border into Shreveport, and the alcohol-involved consequences are evident,” they said.

Recovery is more than just wishful thinking

Not only Texas, almost the entire country is reeling under the mental health crisis. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2016, there were nearly 45 million people aged 18 years or older in the country – representing about 18 percent of the adult population – with any mental illness (AMI) within the previous year. However, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that only about half of those affected with mental problems receive treatment.

The idea of recovery must not be limited to being a distant dream. Both mental disorders and addictive habits can be the reason and outcome of one another. While screening mental health patients, it is necessary for psychologists to inquire about their addictive habits. Similarly, while treating those afflicted with any kind of addiction problems, it is imperative to ask them if any accumulated stress or trauma caused them to abuse drugs. A proper and effective screening will help divert many patients to dual diagnosis rehab centers.

Sovereign Health, one of the leading dual diagnosis treatment centers in Texas, offers evidence-based treatment to people afflicted with the duality of addiction and mental health problems. You can call our 24/7 helpline or chat online to know more about our residential treatment centers in Texas.

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