How many faces of mental illness are there? With more than 200 classified forms of mental illness, it is estimated that there are one in four adults age 18 and older or 26.2 percent of the U.S. population with a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. However, only about 6% of this population is diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorders at a time.
Mental disorders consist of anxiety and panic disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), autism, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, depression, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), substance abuse and addiction, and more.
May is Mental Health Awareness month and we’d like to offer you the National Institute of Mental Health’s website for more details on each specific condition. If you feel that you are suffering from a mental health disorder, please contact your health professional to receive the proper treatment for your specific condition. There is no shame in mental health.