Thursday, January 02, 2014

Results of the Survey on Who Are the Mentally Ill?


Thank you to everyone who participated!

The survey was published on Shrink Rap from
 December 10, 2013 - December 22, 2013.

Respondents were solicited through social media, including blogs, listservs, Facebook, and Twitter.  Respondents were not limited to the United States. 

Please note that the survey was not validated.  The data below was pasted directly from the Google "Summary of Responses" with no analysis or interpretation.

Summary

Anyone who has seen a therapist is mentally ill

True172%
False67698%

Anyone who has been in psychotherapy with a psychiatrist is mentally ill

True619%
False63091%

Anyone who takes a psychiatric drug prescribed a by primary care doctor is mentally ill

True13420%
False55180%

Anyone who who takes a psychiatric medication prescribed by a psychiatrist is mentally ill

True25237%
False43563%

People are mentally ill if they take any of the following medicines:

Anti-depressants, for example Prozac212
Daily anti-anxiety medications that may be addictive, for example Xanax (medications in the benzodiazepine class)233
Occasional, as needed medication for anxiety, for example Xanax, Valium, or Ativan83
Medicine for Attention Deficit Disorder, for example Adderall120
Mood stabilizers, for example Lithium or Depakote 410
Older antipsychotic medicines, for example Haldol or Thorazine439
Newer anti-psychotic medications, for example Abilify, Seroquel, or Risperdal424
Sleeping pills, for example Ambien, Trazodone, or Ativan36
I am not familiar with any medications and have no opinion49

The mentally ill are people with the following disorders:

Attention deficit disorder (ADD)136
Adjustment Disorder116
Generalized Anxiety230
Panic Disorder282
Phobias 194
Depression328
Social Anxiety Disorder250
Bipolar Disorder534
Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorder620
Brief Reactive Psychosis324
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder382
Borderline Personality Disorder441
Antisocial personality disorder394
Pedophilia 409
Conduct Disorder or severe behavioral problems in a child or teen255
Anorexia401
Bulimia384
Substance Abuse Disorders275
Compulsive Gambling253
Intermittent Explosive Disorder (repeated rage episodes)381
Gender Identity Disorder119
I am unfamiliar with any psychiatric disorders and have no opinion15

Someone who has voluntarily been hospitalized on a psychiatric unit is mentally ill

True30044%
False37856%

Someone who has been involuntarily hospitalized on a psychiatric unit is mentally ill

True48070%
False20430%

People who hear voices or have delusions are mentally ill

True61289%
False7611%

Anyone who has had a serious suicide attempt is mentally ill

True34050%
False34350%

A person whose behavior is volatile, erratic, and makes it difficult for them to maintain relationships and/or employment is mentally ill, even if they have not seen a professional to get a diagnosis

True44966%
False23234%

Someone who had treatment for a serious psychiatric disorder years ago and is now doing well, but still takes medications, is mentally ill

True36453%
False31947%

Someone who had treatment for a serious disorder years ago, but no longer needs treatment and is doing well, is still mentally ill

True8913%
False59987%

Anyone who gets long-term disability payments from the government for a psychiatric disorder is mentally ill, regardless of whether they have symptoms or take medications

True18527%
False49873%

I personally take, or have taken, psychiatric medications and/or I have been hospitalized on a psychiatric unit and I think of myself...

Yes, I consider myself mentally ill17325%
No, I do not consider myself mentally ill19127%
I used to consider myself mentally ill but I no longer do548%
I have never taken psychiatric medications and I have never been hospitalized27840%