According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), about 1 out of 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year. That’s about 43.8 million people.
1 out of 25 adults suffers from a serious mental illness that affects they daily lives and can actually be debilitating. That’s 9 million people.
A little over 1% of adults in the United States lives with schizophrenia.
About 2.6% of adults in the United States suffers from bipolar disorder.
16 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
A little over 18% of adults suffers from an anxiety disorder like PTSD, OCD, and phobias.
Out of those adults who experience substance abuse, about 20 million people, about 50% of them had a mental illness.
10.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.
About 26% of homeless adults living in shelters have a serious mental illness.
About 24% of state prisoners have a recent history of a mental illness.
Depression is the 1st leading cause of disability worldwide.
About $193 billion is lost in earnings every year due to serious mental illness.
90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
For adults it is important that you talk with your doctor, connect with other families, learn more about mental illness and visit sites like NAMI.org.
20% of teenagers 13-18, live with a mental health condition. Mood disorder exists in about 11% percent of the teenage population. Then 10% have either a behavioral or conduct disorder. Anxiety disorders exists in about 8% percent of youth.
In ages 10-24 suicided is the 3rd leading cause of death.
Of all lifetime cases of mental illness, about 50% begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Ten years is about the delay between onset of symptoms.
By age 14, about 37% of students with a mental illness drop out of school.
About 70% of youth in state and juvenile systems have a mental illness.
Warning signs to look out for are:
Feeling very sad and with drawn
Trying to either harm or kill oneself and making plans to do so
Severe mood swings that cause relationship problems
Drastic changes in behavior, personality and sleeping habits
Risk taking behaviors that can cause harm to one’s self or others
Not eating, eating disorders, severe weight gain or loss
Extreme difficulties in concentrating that can lead to failure in school
Intense worries or fears that affects daily activities
The four things to do for teens talk to their pediatrician, get a referral to a mental health specialist, work with the school, and connect with other families.
To read a little more on these statics you can visit: http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers
There are those with chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, cancer, aids, heart disease, Parkinson’s Disease, lupus, ect. Also suffer from mental illness. After a diagnosis of a chronic illness it may be hard to process or think that you will have this illness indefinitely, especially if you’re suffering from pain. You may feel anxious about future treatment options and feel down about your new limitations. You may find it hard to accept and adapt to your new reality and cope with any changes that take place. Your favorite activities may be harder to do.
All of this can cause depression. Signs of depression (mood and physical), whether you have a chronic illness or not, are:
• Feeling sad, irritable, or anxious
• Feeling empty, hopeless, guilty, or worthless
• Loss of pleasure in usually-enjoyed hobbies or activities, including sex
• Fatigue and decreased energy, feeling listless
• Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
• Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much. Waking too early
• Eating too much or not wanting to eat at all, possibly with unplanned weight gain or loss
• Thoughts of death, suicide or suicide attempts
• Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
People with a chronic illness have a greater chance of mental illness. Depression is treatable even while you have other conditions and will enhance your day to day life. Treatment usually involves antidepressants and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and in severe cases, electroconvulsive therapy.
So while have a mental illness in itself is trying and some days seem impossible to get through, there is hope.