The Largest Health Disparity We Don’t Talk About
Americans with serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years earlier than those without.
"In a recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Brendan Reilly, a physician at Dartmouth, describes his late brother’s devastating story. Over the course of months, he wrote, countless physicians, hospitals and rehab facilities missed the spinal cord damage that left him quadriplegic — instead variously ascribing his inability to move to his mental illness, his medications or his will.
“Once they find out you have a mental illness,” Dr. Reilly quoted his brother as saying, “it’s like the lights go out.”"Posted on 2018-06-03T17:02:03+0000