Mental Health In The U.S.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated one in five people in the United States live with mental illness.1 This equals an estimated 46.6 million people in 2017. Mental illness ranges in types and severity. Doctors usually classify mental illnesses as serious mental illness or any mental illness. The following is a report of how often a person experiences mental illness by illness type, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness:2
Anxiety disorder: 19.1% (48 million people)
Bipolar disorder: 2.8% (7 million people)
Borderline personality disorder: 1.4% (3.5 million people)
Major depressive episode: 7.2% (17.7 million people)
Obsessive compulsive disorder: 1.2% (3 million people)
Post-traumatic stress disorder: 3.6% (9 million people)
Schizophrenia: less than 1% (1.5 million people)
GENDER AND AGES FOR LESS SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS
For any adult who has a mental illness, women are more likely than men to struggle with mental illness. An estimated 22.3 percent of women have a mental illness while 15.1 percent of men have a mental illness in the United States.
Of the age groups for people with mental illness, those ages 18 to 25 were most likely to have a mental illness. The following is the information about age groups and mental illness from the National Institute of Mental Health:
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