Oklahoma has almost 33,000 adults diagnosed with untreated severe bipolar disorder, according to data recently published by the Treatment Advocacy Center.
Additionally, the state has about 12,700 adults diagnosed with untreated schizophrenia.
As the Treatment Advocacy Center points out:
Individuals with untreated schizophrenia or severe bipolar disorder are the most at-risk populations for a host of poor outcomes that affect them and their communities. These consequences of non-treatment include arrest, incarceration, hospitalization, homelessness, victimization and violence, including suicide, homicide and other violent acts.
The numbers were calculated using 2014 U.S. Census Bureau population data and National Institute of Mental Health estimates of prevalence and treatment by diagnosis.
You can read more about the Treatment Advocacy Center’s report here.
- Oklahoma has the second highest rate in the U.S. of adults with serious mental illness.
- Oklahoma also the second highest rate of adults with any mental illness.
- Oklahoma ranks in the bottom five for the amount of money the state spends per capita on mental health.
- An estimated 70 percent of poor adult Oklahomans who need mental health treatment do not get it.