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Can people recover from mental illness?

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With early diagnosis and treatment, many people fully recover from their mental illness or can manage their symptoms.

Although some people become disabled because of a chronic or severe mental illness, many others are able to live full and productive lives. The key is to get help as soon as the symptoms start and to keep up with treatment.

From: Mental Illness Basics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Mental illness statistics."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Conditions.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “What Is Mental Health?”

Blake, H. , Dec. 7, 2012. Frontiers in Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Brain Stimulation Therapies.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “What Is Mental Health?” “Mental Health Myths and Facts.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 25, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Mental illness statistics."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Conditions.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “What Is Mental Health?”

Blake, H. , Dec. 7, 2012. Frontiers in Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Brain Stimulation Therapies.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “What Is Mental Health?” “Mental Health Myths and Facts.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 25, 2018

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