General Mental Illness

1-in-4 of Us Live With a Mental Illness

ADHD | Anxiety | Autism | Bipolar Disorder | Depression | OCD | PTSD | Schizophrenia |Other Illnesses
 

1 In 4 Americans live with mental illnessBrain and behavior disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older – about 1 in 4 adults – suffer from one or more of these disorders in a given year. Brain and behavior disorders are common among children in the United States and are increasingly being recognized and diagnosed at an early age. Just over 20 percent (or 1 in 5) children live with a debilitating mental illness.

Out of the 10 leading causes of disability identified and tracked in the United States and other developed countries; four are brain and behavior disorders: major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

It is estimated that:
- 18% of American adults will suffer from an anxiety disorder each year
- 10% of Americans adults will suffer from depression each year
- 4% of American adults will suffer from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) each year
- 4% of American adults will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder each year
- 3% of American adults will suffer from bipolar disorder each year
- 1% of American adults will suffer from schizophrenia each year
- 1% of American adults will suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) each year
 - 1 in every 88 8-year-old children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder

(*Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Center for Disease Control)

Nora D. Volkow, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on mental illness
Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
August 07, 2013
The average adult human brain weighs only three pounds. But as Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council member Nora D. Volkow, M.D., notes...
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., of Rockefeller University, Expert on anxiety research and stress
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
July 29, 2013
Sunday’s New York Times opinion piece, “Status and Stress: The Health Toll of Financial Stress” by science writer Moises Velasquez-Manoff, looks at the impact...
Daniel Mueller, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on mental illness
Daniel Mueller, M.D., Ph.D.
July 26, 2013
2009 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant: Lipogenesis Gene Variants in Antipsychotic-Induced Weight Gain in Independent Samples from the US and Germany   Daniel...
Bechara J. Saab, Ph.D., Expert on mental health research
Bechara J. Saab, Ph.D.
July 25, 2013
A 2012 NARSAD Young Investigator, Bechara J. Saab, Ph.D., of Brain Research Institute at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, along with several colleagues,...
NARSAD Grantee Kirsty Spalding, Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, Expert on depression and brain research
Kirsty Spalding, Ph.D.
June 18, 2013
It was believed for a long time that the human brain didn’t change much once mature. That belief has been turned on its head over the course of the past...

Pages

Subscribe to