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.
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