Facts at a Glance

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

  • One in four adults experience mental illness in a given year. One in 17 live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder
  • One in five youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15 that number is one in ten.
  • Approximately 1.1 percent of American adults live with schizophrenia.
  • Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults million people−live with bipolar disorder.
  • Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults live with major depression
  • Approximately 18.1 percent of American adults live with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias
  • About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.
  • There is a higher percentage of the American homeless and incarcerated that live with serious mental illness than in the general public.
  • Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more common than homicide) and the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years.  More than 90 percent of those who die by suicide had one or more mental disorders.
  • Although military members comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent 20 percent of suicides nationally.

Mental Illnesses

Anxiety Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)mental-illness-sketch-2
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Dissociative Disorders
Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
Eating Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Panic Disorder
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Schizoaffective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Tourette’s Syndrome

(everything from this page is from www.nami.org)

3 thoughts on “Facts at a Glance

  1. I was really excited about possibly coming to the Monthly NAMI meetings. But after looking at this site and it really hasn’t had anything current posted, I may have to look into another county other than Watauga Co. NC

    • Jennifer,

      I am the secretary for NAMI HC and have recently taken over communication for the website and our contact page. I apologize that we have not had any updates recently. We are working hard to get our affiliate organized and to create a new list of programming for Fall 2017. I will take your concern to our Board meeting tonight and get back with you as soon as possible.

      Thank you for reaching out!

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