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Mental illnesses are diagnosable, treatable health conditions that can affect people of any age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic class. Mental illness can involve “a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior”. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors.
While it’s common to experience mental health concerns like depression and anxiety occasionally, the condition becomes “mental illness” when its symptoms are ongoing and affect a person’s ability to function.
adults experiences a mental health condition every year
lives with a serious mental illness that impacts their ability to function normally or live a normal life
of mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
Studies suggest that mental illness results from multiple causes. It is believed that genetic factors, environment, and lifestyle all play a role in whether a person develops mental health challenges.