America – A Land of 45 Million Crazies, Watch Out

After several years of living in America, we most definitely knew our adopted land was a nation of many crazies, whackos, fruitcakes and screwballs.

How else can you explain the popularity of Glenn Beck, Fox News, Cheerleading, Eric Cantor, Baseball, Sarah Palin, Tattoos and the Superbowl.

Come on, which sane person sports a tattoo or jumps up and down jiggling her tits because some big, fat zombies are engaging in another weird act, playing College Football in which you carry the ball and run.

But even we, yes, we, the immensely wise souls at SI never realized the extent of craziness that lurks beneath the Hi, How are You masses here?

A new study has put out the disturbing conclusion that nationally, 44.5 million adults in America aged 18 or older experienced mental illness in 2010. This works out to a rate of 19.7% of the adult population.

Well, this means that every fifth person we see in the U.S. is some kind of nut-job.

No, we’re not making up these ‘crazy’ numbers.

The study was conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Remind us never to visit Rhode Island because that northeast state had the highest number of crazies at 24.2%.

Maryland had the lowest at 16.7%.

45 MIllion Americans are Mentally Ill

Serious Mental Illness

The study found 10.4 million adults aged 18 or older (4.6% of that population) experienced a serious mental illness in the past year with rates ranging from 3.5% in Hawaii to 7.2% in Rhode Island.

Arkansas, Idaho, Rhode Island, Utah and West Virginia had the highest rates for both serious mental illness and any mental illness.

We definitely believe that the really, really crazies hail from Arkansas.

After all, Bill Clinton hails from Arkansas.

Yeah, the same dickhead who was busy in the Oval House inserting his cigar into Monica Lewinsky’s twat and then shoving it in his mouth or shoving his dick into her mouth, all while he was talking to Senators and Congressmen on the phone on matters of national importance. Or, maybe he was ordering his generals to bomb Bosnia while he torpedoed and unloaded in that bombshell Monica’s mouth. Hell, if that’s not serious mental illness nothing else qualifies for crazy.

Alaska, Maryland, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Virginia had the lowest rates across both measures.

Alaska, we have a hard time reconciling with low rates of crazies.

In our not-so-humble opinion, Sarah Palin alone has more craziness in her than all the 9-million crackpots in New York City.

Scary, Really Scary

Now comes the really scary part.

Over 62% of those with mental illness in the U.S. did not receive any treatment.

So, the rather worrying conclusion is that there are a lot of weirdos out there who wont think twice before pushing you into the path of a subway train or mowing you down in a hail of bullets.

According to SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde:

Mental illnesses are treatable and people can recover to live full, productive lives. Unfortunately in the past year only 37.9 percent of adults with mental health problems received any type of care. The chasm between need and care is costly both in terms of personal health because of missed opportunities to prevent disability and health care expenditures related to illness such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

What is Mental Illness?

You schmucks might well ask, what is mental illness.

SAMHSA’s definition of mental illness is based on diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM, 4th edition).

Any mental illness among adults aged 18 or older is presence of any mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year that met DSM criteria.

Among adults with a disorder, those whose disorder caused substantial functional impairment (i.e., substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities) are defined as having serious mental illness and the most urgent need for treatment.

So, the next time you Chutias dream of making it to this El Dorado of dollars and girls look at the above headline again.

11 Responses to "America – A Land of 45 Million Crazies, Watch Out"

  1. rama dasa   October 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Not at all surprised to see my state in that list in the second largest grouping,no I’m not one of the crazies,but I know some people who are,one of them damn near crashed into me the other day on my way to class!

  2. rama dasa   October 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    speaking of Glenn Beck,here is something that will make you spit out your booze all over the screen(not the keyboard as you said in your last response!) Responds:

    Just watched your link.

    Beck is a Sick *%&#@^#&)(*%_)*.

    Do you think the returd got molested or did someone empty her bowels into his mouth and forgot to flush it (see his video for the flush toilets reference)? That could explain the stupid f*ck’s whacko nonsense he spouts like a geyser! πŸ™

  3. Aswin_Kini   October 7, 2011 at 2:28 am

    SI Wrote: “Beck is a Sick *%&#@^#&)(*%_)*.”

    I saw the video, this dude is one idiotic *^%#{}|#%*. No no, I am not speaking about him comparing Indian Healthcare facilities to the ones in the US, but rather him justifying how it is OK TO PAY 100000s of $$$$$ just because the doctors, physicians and drug officials can enjoy frivolous benefits like buying costly cars, enjoying in Costly SPAs at the expense of the tax payer.

    Well. having said all that, in my humble opinion, none of his words hurt much compared to the pain we received while reading these links: (SI’s anger completely justified)
    (Let SI Viewers judge what they felt about it
    (Some random numbers taken by surveys. I lived in an area called Mirsahibpet, near Triplicane, Chennai. OUr neighbourhood had 12000 families living in the vicinity, till date, we never saw one such incident. Agreed that child abuse is not reported in many instances. But blatantly stating as if almost one out of three Indian fathers/uncles abuse their children is way over the top.
    Posts like these from an intelligent writer/blogger like SI seem absurd and moronic. Agreed that India is a pathetic nation when compared to US in terms of facilities, but we have never gone to such lousy depths as SI has pointed out.)

    Sorry to digress. But just felt like pointing a few things. Responds:

    All three links (above) are fact based posts with supporting links.

    Not opinion like a Movie review.

  4. Aswin_Kini   October 7, 2011 at 4:50 am

    “All three links (above) are fact based posts with supporting links.

    Not opinion like a Movie review.”

    — If all survey figures were facts and all facts were true, then the poor in India can magically survive on the meagre amount of rs 32 per day and India would be a super power considering that there are atleast 20 Indian billionaires amongst the world’s top 50.

    This is a pointless argument. Let me end it here. Responds:

    That Rs-32 threshold for poverty line is unbelievable. Only in Incredible India.

    • boopalanj   October 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Ha ha, now someone earns one rupee above, that is 33 rupees, we have reasons to congratulate him / her for going above poverty line!! Wtf!!

  5. boopalanj   October 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    “Nobel” prize. Not noble.. Responds:


  6. Aswin_Kini   October 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    SI WROTE:” The need of the hour is tariffs, increasing H1B Visa fees, reducing immigration and higher taxes for those earning above $250,000. Won’t happen except for the H1B and immigration restrictions where we see some positive activity in terms of higher fees and greater restrictions.”

    Dear SI and Tansub: This debate has been happening for almost a decade now. The reality is that American corporates will never stop outsourcing to other countries, especially Philippines, China, and India, and the reduction in the number of H1B visas will not do anything to save US economy.

    The only things that can save US Economy are
    1) Good and sensible economic policies: Tax the companies that earn astronomical sums as profit. Example: Companies like GE.
    2) There is no use in threatening companies to stop outsourcing. Instead invite companies from other countries to invest in US and provide them tax benefits on the condition that 50% of their staff must be Americans. In this way, US can ensure more and more industries can come in and employ more Americans. Of course, the remaining 50% will be Indians, Japanese, Koreans, or Chinese, but still US benefits in someway.
    3) Stop giving stimulus packages to companies like Citigroup. They waste the money. Instead give them tax holidays till they reach a specific stage.

    Apart from this, Americans must also learn to compromise on a small % of their salary. For example, if they were earning 4000 dollars per month before recession, they must now learn to manage their budget within 3500 dollars. Because the majority of companies outsource because they cannot pay the normal wages. I know this is sad, but I guess some salary is better than none. And Yeah I know SI and fellow Americans are gonna throw brickbats at me for this. But seriously, everyone makes compromises to survive. After all, the companies are not under our control, they can easily chose to operate from third world countries and cut away thousands of jobs, and the US government can;t do a damn thing about it. SOME JOB is BETTER THAN NO JOB. Responds:

    When the Coolies learn to live on Rs-33 a day (above Poverty Line as per Indian govt), they can advise Americans on making compromises. πŸ™

    • Aswin_Kini   October 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      SI Wrote: “When the Coolies learn to live on Rs-33 a day (above Poverty Line as per Indian govt), they can advise Americans on making compromises. :(”

      I really appreciate your genuine concern for your fellow americans and scorn for greedy Indian IT employees or Coolies as you like to call them.
      But I have two points to emphasize:
      1) My advice on compromise was a practical solution. I don;t see Obama raising a magic wand to reduce the unemployment in US to less than 10%. Also, the greed of your very own American Corporates will ensure that they do everything in their power to milk money without paying taxes.
      If Americans don;t compromise a bit on their salary, I am afraid that US corporates will readily hand over their jobs to nations like China, Philippines, Koreans or whoever is willing to bid lower.
      You nor I nor Obama can stop it. By turning a blind eye to your weakness, you folks are only bring upon your own downfall.
      If you thought Indians were HORRIBLE COOLIES, wait till the others step in.

      2) This is a query I wanted to ask you all these days. I assume that you migrated to US to live a better standard of life and became a US citizen. IT coolies also desire to do the same thing. Why are you so harsh on them. Granted lot of them are greedy, but so were all those Tamilians, Gujjus, Malayalis, Kannadigas etc, who migrated to the US in the early 70s, 80s, and 90s.

      When you point fingers at us (You cannot point fingers blindly towards coolies like me, who make an income 2/10 of your monthly earnings), you have to consider the fact that you also did the same decades ago.

      • Aswin_Kini   October 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        No reply πŸ™

        • Aswin_Kini   October 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

          Guess some questions are not answerable. Have a great day!

      • rama dasa   October 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm

        I concur with the wise souls of SI Responds:

        Thank you, sweetie!

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