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5 Most Common Mental Health Disorders

Updated: Mar 17

Mental illness affects some 40 million Americans. Although treatable, approximately 30% of patients do not seek help. Do not include yourself in this category. Take a look at five common mental health disorders and seek treatment if you suspect a problem.

Mental health is not a subject we think about a lot, even when we experience symptoms of a crisis. Understanding mental health helps understand the prevalence of the conditions and provide comfort knowing that we are not alone in the struggle.


Dozens of mental illnesses affect over 44.7 million Americans in 2019. More disturbing, one in four people will experience a mental health issue over the course of a year.

Some mental illness is more common than others, like the five listed below.


1- Depression


One of the most common health disorders in America, depression also causes more disability than any other condition. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that over 350 million people experience sadness, loneliness, hopelessness, and other symptoms of depression. Medication and natural treatments offer the best treatment solution for most people.


2- Anxiety


Anxiety often coincides with depression but by itself affects some 40 million adults 18 and older. That’s about 18% of the U.S. population. Anxiety disorders are treatable, despite under 40% of patients receiving medical help.


3- Insomnia


Insomnia causes the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Sleep is important to our health and quality of life. About 30% of Americans experience insomnia, which occurs more often in people diagnosed with mental illness.


4- Bipolar Disorder


People with bipolar disorder, also called maniac depression, have a higher risk of suicide than people with other mood disorders. The National Institute of Mental Health reports about 2.6% of the American population suffers with bipolar disorder.


5- PTSD


Around 70% of Americans report experiencing at least one traumatic event in their life. Some go on to develop a medical condition known as PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects over 7.7 million adults in the U.S., especially war veterans.


You are not alone in your struggle. Talk to a medical professional if you suspect one of the above disorders could be responsible for your symptoms. Treatment options can treat the conditions or help better cope with its symptoms. Proper diagnosis and treatment makes a tremendous impact on your well-being.


Sources:


https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/index.shtml


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