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How common is mental illness?

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It's more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 1 in 5 U.S. adults had a mental health issue in 2014, and 1 in 25 lived with someone who had a serious condition, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

These conditions can affect people of any age, income, educational level, race, and cultural background.

From: Mental Illness Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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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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