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About Mental Illness
Severe mental illnesses are brain disorders that can be treated and managed effectively if an individual has access to a combination of medication, supportive counseling and community support services, including education and vocational training.
Basic Facts About Mental Illness
Serious Mental Illnesses
Major DepressionMajor depression, the leading cause of disability in US, affects more than 9 million adults in a given year. Nearly twice as many women (6.7 million) as men (3.2 million) are affected by major depressive disorder each year...more about depression
Bipolar DisorderAffecting more than two million individuals in the US, bipolar disorder causes extreme shifts in mood, energy and functioning...more about bipolar disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)Most people at one time or another experience obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors. OCD occurs when an individual experiences obsessions and compulsions for more than an hour each day in a way that interferes with his or her daily activities...more about OCD
SchizophreniaSchizophrenia affects a person's ability to think clearly, manage his or her emotions, make decisions, relate to others, and distinguish fact from fiction. It affects approximately 2.2 million people in the US. The first signs of schizophrenia typically emerge in the teenage years or twenties...more about schizophrenia
Illnesses Affecting ChildrenFamilies know all too well that a growing number of young people are diagnosed with serious mental illnesses...more about childhood onset mental illness
Other mental illnessesAnxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, ADHD...more
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