One in five people has a diagnosable mental health disorder, but often fear and shame prevent people from seeking help. Often people are afraid to talk about mental health because there are many misconceptions about mental illnesses. It’s important to learn the facts to aid in stopping the stigma that surrounds psychiatric illness.
MYTH: MENTAL ILLNESSES ARE NOT THAT COMMON.
Fact: Mental illnesses are very common. About 1 of every 5 people will experience a mental health condition in a given year. These include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
18% of Americans have an anxiety disorder.
7% of Americans have depression.
2.6 % of Americans have bipolar disorder.
1% of Americans have schizophrenia.
MYTH: CHILDREN AND TEENS DO NOT EXPERIENCE MENTAL ILLNESS.
Fact: Research shows that 1 in 5 teenagers have or will have a mental illness. In 50% of adults who have a mental health issue, the first signs showed up before age 14. If you are concerned about your child, please seek professional help.
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