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MENTAL ILLNESS IN CANADA Name: Institution: In terms of the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health, health denotes the physical, mental, psychological and social normalcy of an individual and not just the absence of disease (NIMH, 2004). From the definition that has been given, it is clear that, there is more to health than the physical attributes. Mental health is important just like physical health because no individual is considered healthy if their mental health is deranged even if they are normal physically. The mental aspect of an individual coordinates other body systems, and for this reason, every human being needs to be mentally fit. Mental illnesses have been around for centuries, and they continue affecting…show more content…
Due to this, there is early progress of symptoms. Even though it is does not seem serious, suicide is the 11th leading cause of deaths among the Canadian population, and the 4th leading cause of death to people who are aged between 10 and 24 years. Moreover, it has been revealed that over 90% of people who commit suicide have been diagnosed from a mental disorder. Statistics by the Canadian Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2004 and the CAMH Program revealed that as much as Schizophrenia mental illnesses start as early as 14 years and 24 years, the prevalence is towards the senior years when one’s life starts to seem like it is bleak. For instance, in nursing homes, the prevalence of mental illnesses in citizens aged between 65 and 74 years was 18.7% while in those aged over 85 years, the prevalence was 23.5%. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are the chief causes of mental illness among the senior population in Canada. Apart from dementia with a prevalence of 41%, mood disorders are also prevalent in the adult population (CDC, 2010). The CAMH program has also determined the likelihood of getting Schizophrenia mental disorder in one’s lifetime. In experiments conducted in 2006, it was revealed that the lifetime diagnosis of depression in a Canadian adult is 15.7%. In 2008, this rate was 16.1%, representing a rise of 0.4% in 2 years. This means that
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