Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone needs a little help now and then. The following information is from the National Institute of Mental Health.
We suggest that you find out for yourself what is he current research and best practices available, in order for you to make informed decisions about your next steps:
- Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally.
- An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
- When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.
- Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 — who suffer from a serious mental illness.
- Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada for ages 15-44.
- Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.