The Impact Of Mental Disorders On Mental Health

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According to National Institute of Mental Health, behavioral health disorders impact more Americans than any other illness including cancer and heart disease. 60 million Americans have a mental illness. 1 in 4 adults experience a mental illness in a given year. 9 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. Individuals struggling from serious behavioral health issues die on average 25 years earlier than the general population. According to the World Bank, by 2030 depression will become our most costly healthcare issue. In ways subtle and not-so-subtle, mental health problems, including addiction, haven't always been addressed as health problems, but as something somehow different—even as weaknesses in character. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in four adults and one in five children have diagnosable mental disorders and mental disorders are the leading cause of disability among ages 15 to 44. The cost of lost earnings alone due to major mental disorders in the US is around $193 billion each year. Research on mental health epidemiology shows that mental disorders are common throughout the United States, affecting tens…show more content…
Mental health disorders also have a serious impact on physical health and are associated with many chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. In Connecticut, there is an upward trend in the incidence of mental health related health issues as demonstrated by the increasing rate of emergency department visits for mental health across all age groups over the period 2008 - 2011. Mental health screening and training on effective integration of behavioral health into primary care are essential strategies for reversing this trend and preventing increases in related health
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