"Mental illness is not a personal failure. In fact, if there is failure, it is to be found in the way we have responded to people with mental and brain disorders"-Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland Director-General of the World Health Organization
43.8 million adults experience mental illness each year, and nearly 1 in 25 Americans live with a serious mental illness.
What Causes Mental Illness?
Substance Abuse & Mental Health
- Includes disorders like Major Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder
- Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide
- According to the CDC, it is estimated that 1 in 10 adults suffer from some type of mood disorder, with the most common conditions being depression and bipolar disorder
People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread or terror.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood mental disorders. People diagnosed with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be overly active.
Eating disorders involve obsessive and sometimes distressing thoughts and destructive behaviors around food and eating
People with personality disorders have extreme and inflexible personality traits that cause problems in work, school, or social relationships
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
A person can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, physical abuse, or a serious accident. PTSD can make someone feel extremely stressed and afraid after the danger is over.
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
People with psychotic disorders hear, see, and believe things that aren’t real or true. They may also show signs of disorganized thinking, confused speech, and muddled or abnormal motor behavior.
Source & Additional Information: National Alliance on Mental Health
Ways to Get Help
Learn More About Mental Illness
Start by reviewing information from reputable organizations
Call Your Doctor
Connect to Family, Friends, and Support Groups