What is Mental Illness?
Mental illness is not the result of personal weakness, a character defect, or poor upbringing, and recovery from a mental illness is not simply a matter of will and self-discipline. Although the exact cause of most mental disorders is not known, it is becoming clear through research that many of these disorders are caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors.
Mental illness is a general term that refers to a group of brain disorders that affect the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and/or relates to others and to his or her surroundings. Although the symptoms of mental illness can vary from mild to severe, a person with mental illness often is unable to cope with life’s daily routines and demands.
The term "mental illness" is not entirely accurate, since there are many "physical" factors—including heredity and brain chemistry—that might be involved in the development of a mental illness.
Mental disorders are common, more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. According to the United States Surgeon General, an estimated 23 percent of American adults (those ages 18 and older)—about 44 million people—and about 20 percent of American children suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder during a given year. Further, more than 7 million Americans adults, and more than 5 million children and adolescents suffer from a serious mental disorder (one that significantly interferes with functioning).
Major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder are among this country’s top 10 leading causes of disability. Mental disorders cost this nation nearly $150 billion each year in mental health services and lost productivity due to death or disability. Mental disorders account for nearly 25 million annual office visits to doctors. People with mental illness fill almost 21 percent of all hospital beds at any given time.
Mental illness does not discriminate. It can affect people of any age, income or education level, or cultural background.
Maricopa County Crisis Line- 602-222-9444
National Suicide Prevention Hotline-1-800-suicide or 1-800-784-2433
Veterans Crisis Line- 1-800-271-8255 www.VeteransCrisisLine.net
In addition to these numbers, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reserved the 211 dialing code for community information and referral services. Dialing 211 gives consumers an easy-to-remember method to help connect individuals and families in need with the appropriate, community-based organizations and/or government agencies.
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"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."----Mother Teresa