Depression, Anxiety, Disordered Thinking

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Depression, anxiety, disordered thinking; These grave, frightening topics have become all common in today’s world as the knowledge, reveal and frequency of cases of mental illness continue to rise {8}. The prevalence of mental illness has become more common than in any era before, but despite the increase of awareness the mark of shame has not ceased to exist {1}. In today’s society the number of mental illness cases has increased and will continue to increase However, stigma – the mark of shame – prevails and hampers the ability for the mentally ill to get help and treatment and instead alienates them from a normal social life.
Over the last few years, the amount of the known cases and prevalence of mental illnesses has increased in comparison to past records. The amount of mentally ill cases in the past remains unspoken about, but within the modern era the number has taken the international stage {1}. Nearly 61.5 million Americans suffer from common mental health issues such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and psychosis such as schizophrenia. For each of those serious illnesses, 14.8 million adults live with major depression, 6.1 million adults live with bipolar disorder, and 2.4 million people live with schizophrenia {4} (NAMI: Mental Illness Facts and Numbers). Furthermore, mood disorders have become common causes of hospitalization and those who live with illness die nearly 25 years earlier than the average. These numbers of major illnesses should raise a red…
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