General Mental Illness
1-in-4 of Us Live With a Mental Illness
Brain 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 are affected by an anxiety disorder such as PTSD, OCD and specific phobias each year
- 7% of Americans adults will experience severe depression each year
- 4% of American adults and 9% of American children will be affected by attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) each year
- 2.2 million American adults are affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- 3% of American adults live with bipolar disorder each year
- 1% of American adults live with schizophrenia each year
- 1-in-68 (8 year-old) children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder