Did you know that more than 43 million adults in our country struggled with mental illness in the past year? Half of us will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in our lives; one quarter by the age of 14. And more than 20 million adults have an alcohol or drug abuse problem.
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In this blog, I am sharing copy of my letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal, which was posted today.
The tone and language of Dr. E. Fuller Torrey’s recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal is needlessly demeaning. However, his premise—that we can and must do more to support people and families living with mental illness—is fully supported by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Depression is a common but serious mental illness. It can impact anyone from children to older adults. About 6.7 percent of all Americans experience major depressive disorder in any given year. Did you know that women are far more likely than men to experience depression in their lifetimes?
National Depression Screening Day is October 9th. Talk with your doctor if you are concerned about yourself or a family member. The National Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health America are two organizations that maintain a list of local area health care providers who can screen for depression.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) usually begins in children aged 12 years and younger, and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that approximately 9 percent of children and youth age 13 to 18 years have ADHD and about 4.1 percent of American adults age 18 years and older are diagnosed with ADHD in any given year.
Bipolar disorder, sometimes called “manic-depressive illness,” is a serious mental illness that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. In any given year, it impacts approximately 2.6 percent of the American public.