Facts About Mental Illness

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  • Approximately 1 in 4 adult Americans have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, which translates to about 58 million affected people.
  • Mental disorders are among the leading causes for disability in the US as well as other countries.
  • Common mental health disorders include mood disorders, anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders, eating disorders, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism.
  • The 4 most common mental disorders that cause disabilities are major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • In 2009 there were 5,277 psychiatric hospitalizations and 4,143 emergency department visits due to self harm. These hospitalizations and emergency visits resulted in $64 million dollars in hospital charges.
  • Some well-known people have suffered from mental illness. Such people include: Patty Duke, Marie Osmond, Tipper Gore, Carrie Fischer, Mike Wallace, Hugh Downs, Dick Cavett, and Rosie O'Donnell.
  • In addition, some of the most brilliant people in history suffered from severe mental illnesses. Such persons include: Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Thelonious Monk, Vincent Van Gogh, Isaac Newton, Winston Churchill, Michelangelo, and John Nash.