Mental Health Conditions

Serious mental health conditions affect millions of people across the United States and the entire world.

It is estimated that 26.2% of Americans ages 18 and older—about one in four adults—suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.

Of this percentage, about 6%, or 1 in 17 Americans, suffer from a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar I disorder.

It’s important to know that these serious mental health conditions are brain disorders. They may be due to environmental or genetic factors. No particular family member did anything to cause them; nobody did anything wrong to acquire a mental illness.

Understanding and knowledge are important steps toward empowerment. The more engaged people become—and the more they learn about their mental health condition—the more prepared they will be to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and begin the lifelong process of mental health recovery.

Remember, information is always evolving. There’s a lot of information out there – so it’s helpful to keep up with the latest information and research from credible sources.

Click here for a list of suggested and trusted resources with frequently updated information.

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