We hear a lot of talk these days about the need to keep guns out of the hands of mentally disturbed people (unless they happen to be members of Congress). According to statistics available from the National Institute of Mental Health, this could be a herculean task.
NIMH says that “one in four adults–approximately 57.7 million Americans–experience a mental health disorder in a given year.” Wow!
But before we get too downhearted about that, the U.S. Dept. of Labor reports that there are 552,000 mental health professionals to handle this–psychiatrists and psychologists, sex therapists, grief counselors, etc.
Which raises a question:
With over half a million mental health pros on tap, probably the largest number of them in all of human history, how come so many of us seem to have come unglued?
If you had a town full of exterminators, you wouldn’t expect that town to have a major termite problem, would you?