During all the controversy over the world’s ever-changing politics, and the continuous celebrity dramas, one thing is always constant – the mentally ill of the world continue to suffer. And although there are many websites dedicated to tackling the news about the health issues of the day, it seems that the main social media outlets are more interested in promoting gossip rather than the more important social issues that effect millions around the world. – particularly MENTAL HEALTH.
And just to let the world in on just what mainstream society may be unaware of in regards to this issue, here are a few statistics that will shed a light on this growing epidemic.
#1. SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER
SAD affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population.
SAD is equally common among men and women and typically begins around age 13. According to a 2007 ADAA survey, 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help.
Anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between 13 and 18 years old. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.
Nearly 7 percent of the American population of adults, as many as 16 million people, experience clinical depression in any given year. Around the world, nearly 350 million people will struggle with depression each year.
More women are diagnosed with depression than men, and while the average age that symptoms are seen is 32, young people and the elderly also live with depression. Major depression is a difficult, chronic illness.
Worldwide about 1 percent of the population is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and approximately 1.2% of Americans (3.2 million) have the disorder. About 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with schizophrenia this year around the world.
Schizophrenia is a devastating disorder for most people who are afflicted, and very costly for families and society. The overall U.S. 2002 cost of schizophrenia was estimated to be $62.7 billion, with $22.7 billion excess direct health care cost $7.0 billion outpatient, $5.0 billion drugs, $2.8 billion inpatient, $8.0 billion long-term care.
So now that the world has an idea of just how many people are affected by these growing mental health emergencies. The question asked by those who suffer from these illnesses and those who treat them becomes all the more relevant. – Why Isn’t Mental Illness A Trending Topic?
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