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Mental Illness Facts

Published on 08/13/2014 under News

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders. They cannot be overcome through “will power” and are not related to a person’s character or intelligence. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder. Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income.

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• 1 in 4 adults – approximately 57.7 million Americans – experiences a mental health disorder in a given year.
• 1 in 17 Americans live with a serious mental illness.
• At least 1 in 5 children and adolescents has a mental health disorder. At least 1 in 10 (about 6 million) lives with a serious disorder. More than 50% of students with a mental disorder age 14 and older drop out of high school – the highest dropout rate of any disability group.
• 1 in 5 people in the United States will face mental illnesses in a loved one, and 1 in 4 knows someone personally who has a mental illness.
• The economic costs of mental illnesses in the United States (primarily due to lost productivity and early morbidity) exceed $72 billion annually.
• Major depressive disorder affects 14.8 million American adults and is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
• An estimated 2.4 million Americans live with schizophrenia. Less than 50% receive treatment, and 1 in 10 commits suicide.
• Bipolar disorder affects 5.7 million American adults annually.
• The second leading cause of premature death among illnesses is mental disorders.

Mental Illness in the United States:

• 1 in 17 Americans live with a serious mental illness.
• At least 1 in 5 children and adolescents has a mental health disorder. At least 1 in 10 (about 6 million) lives with a serious disorder. More than 50% of students with a mental disorder age 14 and older drop out of high school – the highest dropout rate of any disability group.
• 1 in 5 people in the United States will face mental illnesses in a loved one, and 1 in 4 knows someone personally who has a mental illness.
• The economic costs of mental illnesses in the United States (primarily due to lost productivity and early morbidity) exceed $72 billion annually.
• Major depressive disorder affects 14.8 million American adults and is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
• An estimated 2.4 million Americans live with schizophrenia. Less than 50% receive treatment, and 1 in 10 commits suicide.
• Bipolar disorder affects 5.7 million American adults annually.
• The second leading cause of premature death among illnesses is mental disorders.

Mental Illness in North Carolina:
• More than 1.5 million North Carolinians have a mental illness. About 680,000 of them experience some functional impairment because of their mental illness.
• Approximately 148,000 adults in North Carolina have a severe and persistent mental illness.
• In North Carolina, between 45,000 and 81,000 children and adolescents have a serious emotional disorder.