Sunday, March 30, 2008

Facts About Mental Illness

Some Quick facts about mental illness from NAMI:

1. Mental illness includes disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc.

2. Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability (lost years of productive life) in the North America, Europe and, increasingly in the world. By 2020 Major Depressive Illness with be the leading cause of disability in the world for women and children.

3. The best treatments for serious mental illness today are highly effective; between '70 and 90 percent of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and supports.

4. Early identification and treatment is of vital importance. By getting people the treatment they need early, recovery is accelerated and the brain is protected from further harm related to the course of llness.

Stigma erodes confidence that mental disorders are real, treatable health conditions. We have allowed stigma a now unwarranted sense of hopelessness to erect attitudinal, structural and financial barriers to effective treatment and recovery. It is time to take these barriers down!
More than 2.3 million Americans have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a mental disorder caused by an imbalance in the brain chemistry. It's a complex illness that is difficult to diagnose. The stigma associated with bipolar disorder causes people to reject their diagnosis or not seek help. As a result, many people go untreated and their families feel the impact of their extreme mood swings.
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