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EP 832 Mental Illness in the U.S.

Summary: A shocking two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never get help from a health professional because of stigma, neglect and discrimination.
Air Date: 4/4/17
Duration: 20:32
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Ron Powers, Journalist & Author
Ron-PowersRon Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He is the co-author of Flags of our Fathers and True Compass, both #1 New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction bestsellers. His biography, Mark Twain: A Life, was also a New York Times bestseller.

He lives with his wife Honoree Fleming, PhD, and their son, Dean in Castleton, Vermont.

Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers’ beloved son Kevin -- spirited, endearing, and gifted -- who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic. A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.
  • Book Title: No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
EP 832 Mental Illness in the U.S.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in four people in the world will experience some kind of mental illness in their lives.

However, a shocking two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never get help from a health professional because of stigma, neglect and discrimination.

In No One Cares About Crazy People, author Ron Powers shares his firsthand experience with mental illness -- his two sons battled with schizophrenia, and one tragically took his life in 2005 -- while examining the history of the treatment of mental illness and schizophrenia in America.

Powers debunks the top myths about mental illness and how those who need help can get it.

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