According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) about 40.5 percent of adults in Arizona have serious mental illness the highest percentage rate in the United States. However only about 60 percent of adults in Arizona who have serious mental illnesses receive any type of mental health care from either a public facility or private facilities (SAMHSA) as reported by SAMHSA. In fact according to Mental Health America (MHA) Arizona is ranked 48th among the fifty states and the District of Columbia for offering adequate access to mental healthcare. This means that only about one out of every twelve adults in Arizona will receive some type of mental healthcare in a hospital or an outpatient facility. The other states where one out of every five adults will receive some type of mental health care in a hospital are Nevada Washington Kentucky Idaho South Dakota North Dakota Wyoming New Hampshire and California. These states unlike Arizona have seen a significant increase in the number of adult residents with serious mental illnesses.
The mental disorders that Arizona adults are experiencing are very difficult and complicated to treat. Most adults who suffer from mental disorders will seek out a therapist. Unfortunately many therapists will not be qualified to treat the mental disorders experienced by adults in Arizona. If you or a loved one is having problems getting the mental help they need in Arizona you may want to look at mental health therapists in other states. In fact most of the mental health professionals are highly qualified professionals who can treat mental disorders in an appropriate manner and effectively. For example if you are suffering from a psychotic disorder your mental health professional may recommend a medication such as antipsychotic drugs antidepressants and psychostimulants. They may also prescribe medication to assist you in managing certain aspects of your life such as stress and anxiety management.
Mental health professionals will generally refer you to an appropriate psychiatrist or psychologist who specializes in treating people with mental illnesses. They can even refer you to a psychiatrist who is trained specifically in treating mental disorders. However the last step in the process is to talk to the psychiatrist directly about the medications prescribed for you. If you choose to do this you may want to discuss the medications with your family so they know what medications you are taking and how often how long and how you wish to take them.