Archive for Mental Illness

20 Jan 2015

STATS

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According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness):

  • One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans−experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.
  • Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent.
  • Approximately 1.1 percent of American adults— about 2.4 million people—live with schizophrenia.
  • Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 million people−live with bipolar disorder.
  • Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults−about 14.8 million people−live with major depression.
  • Approximately 18.1 percent of American adults−about 42 million people−live with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias.
  • About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.

NAMI

http://www.nami.org/factsheets/mentalillness_factsheet.pdf

 

 

15 Jan 2014

A New Movement . . .

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It’s been awhile since I have written . . .

 

Please know that this is not because I’m out of material but simply because there are so many things that I feel compelled to write about.  I needed to take some time to decompress, to regroup and to do some soul searching about how my story can be a vehicle for change.

 

You may well be aware by now that I have a passion for creating a movement that examines the way with which we, as a society deal with Mental Illness.

 

My wish is that through this process of “self-examination” we will improve the quality of care for our loved ones.  We will embrace the caregivers who need a tremendous amount of support.  And as a society, we will ultimately reduce the number of people that succumb to the diseases that are encompassed by the umbrella of Mental Illness. Read more