83% people likely to suffer from mental illness by age 38, says study

83% people likely to suffer from mental illness by age 38, says study

Recently, a Duke University study stated that 83 percent of the population is likely to suffer from a mental health disorder by the time he or she reaches the age of 38. The study was published in the February issue of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

As per statistics released by the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 350 million individuals across the globe are grappling with depression and approximately 0.8 million people with mental health disorders commit suicide every single year. Moreover, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) highlights that about one in five people in the United States suffers from a mental disorder in a given year.

Even in the wake of such staggering numbers, mental health is often overlooked by people. Mental health disorders are understood poorly by the general public probably because it doesn’t have any physical manifestation. People usually consider it a minor problem and believe that they will eventually get over it without any therapy. Moreover, with prevailing stigma, most people are hesitant in seeking proper treatment.

Positive people are found to be mentally strong

The study enrolled 988 participants out of whom, 171 experienced no depression, anxiety or any associated issue between 11 and 38 years. The remaining 817 people, that is, 83 percent of the study population did experience a mental health disorder at some point or the other. The entire study population was assessed eight times during these years.

Of these 83 percent people, 50 percent had at least one episode of a short-term mental disorder or an associated condition, including drug abuse. The remaining population suffered from long-term mental disorders including chronic depression, bipolar disorder, and sustained or recurring psychotic episodes.

The study reported that people who were found to be mentally strong were not the ones that belonged to affluent families, were able-bodied and healthy, and had a high IQ level, but the ones that rarely expressed negativity, had a flourishing social life, and practiced discipline in life and at work.

Mental health statistics of the U.S.

Mental health disorders are a big crisis in the U.S. and various organizations at the federal and the state level are working towards controlling this crisis. Though steps have been taken forward to make treatment available for people, a lot needs to be achieved. Some staggering statistics by NAMI reveal the mental health state of the country:

  • Around 10 million Americans suffer from a serious mental illness.
  • About 21.4 percent of youth aged between 13-18 years and 13 percent children suffer from a serious mental health disorder.
  • About 26 percent homeless people are victims of serious mental problems.
  • Approximately 20 percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of local jail prisoners suffered from a recent case of mental illness.
  • 41 percent of adults received mental health treatment in the previous year.

This figures reiterated that mental illness is rampant in the U.S. In fact, around 10.2 million adults had a co-occurring mental and substance use disorder, which makes treatment difficult, as symptoms can overlap or remain undiagnosed, unless shown to a dual diagnosis expert.

Mental health disorders should be treated at par with any other illness, as if left untreated, these can prove to be very damaging. The Sovereign Health provides holistic treatments for all kinds of mental health disorders as well as any underlying mental health conditions.

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