The Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
October 10, 2013
Hosted by Leslie Carol Botha
In Anatomy of an Epidemic, whistleblower Robert Whitaker asks why the number of adults and children disabled by mental illness skyrocketed over the past fifty years. In 1955, there were 355,000 adults in state and county mental hospitals with a psychiatric diagnosis. During the next three decades, (the era of the first generation psychiatric drugs) the number of disabled mentally ill rose to 1.25 million. According to government records there are now more than four million people in the US who receive a disability check because of a mental illness and that number continues to soar. Every day, 850 adults and 250 children with a mental illness are added to the disability rolls. According to Whitaker, the astonishing increase in disability numbers raises the obvious question: “Could the widespread use of psychiatric medications--for one reason or another--be fueling this epidemic?” Has the ‘psychopharmacological revolution’, failed consumers? Are we going ‘Mad in America?’
Holy Hormones Honey!
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Holy Hormones Honey! The Greatest Story Never Told is dedicated to every woman who has ever experienced a hormone fluctuation, from menarche to menopause! Sponsored by Truehope Inc, the leaders in brain health, the show will address core biological issues that cause mood disorders and/or mental illness from a micronutrient support perspective. Because no one can make a sound decision unless their brain functioning is intact.
For decades, the power of women’s hormone shifts has been unrecognized and underestimated. In fact, women make up the majority of mental health diagnoses’ due, in part, to a lack of education about the endocrine system and how and why our hormones affect our minds, moods, and behaviors. For too many years women have been labeled as ‘mentally disordered’ if they struggle with their menstrual cycle. Women will be the portal to sharing this information with the men and children in their lives. Because when women thrive, everyone thrives. Now that is true hope.
Leslie Carol Botha
Leslie Carol Botha is a Women’s Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.
Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how women’s hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.
Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is “one of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.”
Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.