How parents and grandparents influence our risk of mental illness, substance abuse, and other disorders
Many of the most intractable, damaging, and expensive health problems have their roots in mental illness and substance abuse. But even in the most resource-rich health systems, access to psychiatric care is limited at best. The United States spendsless than 6 percent of its health care budget on mental health, and access to mental health services is worse than for other health services. A shortage of mental health professionals is exacerbated by the fact that psychiatrists are less likely than other specialists to accept insurance. Not surprisingly, then, the majority of adolescents with mental health disorders do not receive treatment, and this problem isparticularly acute for minorities with alcohol and drug abuse issues.