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Patrick Kennedy Is Passionate About Changing The Way Mental Health Issues Are Treated In America

Former U.S Representative Patrick Kennedy discusses how he is helping change the way mental illness, addiction and depression is dealt with in America.

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"We need a wholesale change and that's what I'm excited about I think this country is on the verge of making these changes."

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It seems like you really are hoping for a massive change in this country in how we look at and deal with these issues regarding chronic disease when it comes to addiction, would you ever consider going back down to Washington and try to take what you've learned and try to change the way that we deal with substance abuse in a policy way? - Well, I feel very blessed because I am being invited into those discussions and I put together a kind of think-tank on this that will help inform public policy at the Kennedyforum.org and I am pushing for primary care physicians to be the gateway for mental health because I know and I think most people know that they don't go to a psychiatrist for the care and if they end up at a psychiatrist it's probably when it's, after it's too late. We need to have this embedded in primary care but we also need to put together this support system for primary care so they can actually deal with the number of their patients who are suffering from untreated depression, anxiety, addiction. We need a wholesale change and that's what I'm excited about, I think this country is on the verge of making these changes.