I am very passionate about crushing the stigma that surrounds mental illness. This is one of the reasons why we have a lot of patients walking through that revolving door a few days or even hours after they get discharged. They have nowhere to go, they end up homeless with no support system, no employers want to hire them because of fear. Sad to say their fate is sealed because of people’s ignorance about mental illness.
Do you know that…
Statistically, that is a very significant number. There is a very big chance that you may be 1 of those 4. You just don’t know it yet. You are more predisposed if it runs in the family, you’re female, you don’t have much support system, you go through a lot of stress on a daily basis, and the list goes on.
Let’s take Anxiety disorders for instance. It is one of those legitimate and very common mental disorder. In fact, it is the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health). But the sad thing is that even though Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Also, it’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
Here’s a website called “Heal Yourself” that has a lot of useful information about Mental Illness and Traumas like PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Phobias and it has a section that covers Stress, Fear and Abusive relationships.
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