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What if the drug supply to these 1 in 4 Americans was suddenly reduced or cut off because of a national disaster, or the like?
Although government officials and scientists are in no rush to look into this potential threat, some environmentalists are becoming worried. In a preliminary study at the University of Idaho, fathead minnows were plunked in water spiked with a combination of SSRIs and anticonvulsants—a lab version of American tap water. After swimming in the contaminated water for 18 days, the minnows exhibited 324 genetic alterations associated with human neurological disorders, including autism.
Statistics released by China's National Center for Mental Health showed that as of the year of 2009, 100 million Chinese suffered from mental health problems with more than 160 million citizens afflicted with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and paranoid psychosis. Such figures indicate that one in every 13 Chinese in 2009 had a mental health problem. Back in the 1950s, the reported ratio of Chinese adults suffering from mental illness was just 2.7 percent, or one in every 37 Chinese citizens.
While China has made recent efforts to expand insurance coverage , they have been insufficient; in recent years, only 45,000 people had been covered for free outpatient treatment and only 7,000 for free inpatient care. In Beijing, for example, only around ten percent of the mental patients are provided with inpatient treatment. The rest receive none, either because they cannot afford related fees or because hospitals do not have the space for them.