Mental Illness Among African Americans

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Anyone can develop a mental illness at any given time in their life. Mental illness does not have a set onset date and time or an expiration date. African Americans encounter more severe forms of mental illness due to lack of resources and barriers. According to the American Psychiatric Association, mental health disorders are common in the United States. Every year, about 45 million people suffer from at least one diagnosed mental disorder. However, African American adults are 20 percent more likely to experience serious psychological distress than any other ethnicity. Common mental illnesses among African Americans include suicide, especially in Black men, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
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