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11 Facts About Mental Health

  1. In 2016, there were an estimated 44.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with AMI. This number represented 18.3% of all U.S. adults.
  1. 49.5% of youth (ages 13-18) live with a mental health condition.
  1. More than 2/3 of Americans who have a mental illness live in the community and lead productive lives.
  1. Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion, or income. A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
  1. Serious mental illnesses include: major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder.
  1. In 2016, among the 44.7 million adults with mental illness, 19.2 million (43.1%) received mental health treatment in the past year.
  1. Mental illness and intellectual disability are not the same. Mental illness affects a person’s thinking, mood, and behavior, whereas those with an intellectual disability experience limitations in intellectual function and difficulties with certain skills
  1. 4 of the 10 leading causes of disability in the US and other developed countries are: mental disorders, which include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  1. Between 70 and 90% of people with mental illnesses experience a significant reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life, with proper care and treatment. 
  1. Every year, as many as 8 million Americans who have serious mental illnesses don’t receive adequate treatment.
  1. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

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