While the topic of mental illness has been in the headlines recently with the deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, more often than not, it’s swept under the rug and ignored. Mental disorders affect peoples’ thinking, mood, and feelings, and depending on the severity, can be debilitating for their quality of life. Every person experiences it differently, and there’s a wide array of mental illnesses, like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Just like the variety of conditions, there’s also no one easy way to treat mental illness. It can be a lifelong journey for some. Still, as we’ll soon discover, people who seek out and receive treatment are much better off than those that don’t. We think after hearing these 25 Shocking Mental Illness Facts You Won’t Believe, you’ll find this a problem we can no longer ignore.
If you or someone you know struggles with mental illness and has had suicidal thoughts, seek help. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides 24/7 free and confidential emotional support: 1-800-273-8255
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Of the mental illnesses, anxiety disorders rank the highest in the United States with 40 million adults (18.1% of the population) suffering from them.
In the United States, mental disorders have a higher prevalence in the southern states in comparison to the rest of the country. For example, depression estimates in Mississippi were 13.7% in contrast to North Dakota's 4.3%.