“bringing mental illness out of the shadows”

President Obama spoke this week on mental health issues at the mental health summit in Washington D.C. Of note is the focus to help people with mental illnesses feel less alone and isolated. One in five Americans have depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ptsd, ocd or some other psychiatric illness. So why are we not talking about it more? Why is there shame to admit to going to psychotherapy, or seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist? Mental Health issues need to recognized better in both the child and adult populations to make treatment easier. We know that many psychiatric issues can be treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy, other psychotherapies, and/or medication. The first step in decreasing the stigma of mental health issues is to talk about them more. To read more about the President’s comments go to