Mental Illness, It's More Common Than You Think
One in five American adults suffers from a diagnosed mental illness.
We see it flash across our TV screen every time a tragedy occurs. The individual committing the act usually has a mental illness, or a history of mental illness. So, why is it that more and more people are being diagnosed with a mental illness?
Now, researchers are claiming mental illness is on the rise, and it’s not going to stop anytime soon.
Part of the reason 46.5 million (or more) adults suffer from a mental illness is because it’s more easily identifiable. Also, drugs are more likely to be prescribed.
Depression and anxiety disorders are the most common, affecting at least 18.8 million American adults, but the stigma still remains. Most people feel that people are generally caring and sympathetic to persons with mental illnesses. However, about a quarter of persons with mental health issues felt others were supportive or sympathetic towards them.
How do you feel the public response to mental illness?