At any time of year, there is one person in each group of five people who have a diagnosable mental disorder. This means that 1/5 of all families in the United States have family members who are experiencing developing or aggravated symptoms of mental decline. This translates into approximately 20% of American society.
Mental health or lack of it is experienced by all types of people in America – from children to elders, of native Americans to Hispanic, physically healthy individuals who have chronic diseases.
a. nearly 9% of the U.S. population in general suffer from all forms of phobias.
b. 5% have major depression
c. nearly 4 million people suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder
(f) 2 million Americans have schizophrenia
e MAnother 2 million have bipolar disorders
f. MNearly 2.5 million have panic disorders
Statistics on the prevalence of mental disorders in children
• It is estimated that around 7 to 12 million children have symptoms of psychological disorders.
a. ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: 5% to 10% of the population of children is diagnosable with ADHD. It is the most common clinical disorder among children. Half of all children with this psychiatric disorder do not receive diagnosis.
b. manic depression – 30 per cent of all children aged 6 to 12 ld who have manic depression are likely to develop Bipolar disorder, a type of disorder that has symptoms of mania or a sense of “high” in activity more periods of depression.
c. conduct disorder – 10% of all American children have behavioural problems.
d. depression – in each group of 33 children there is one that has symptoms of clinical depression
e. learning disorders: almost 20% of all American children have learning disabilities. Half of them have diagnosable with ADHD.
f. suicide: suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among children.
Statistics on the prevalence of mental disorders in young people
a general data – nearly 75% of all young people who suffer from mental disorders do not receive the help they need. As in the general population, 1 in every 5 adolescent have a diagnosable psychological disorder which include minor depression, drug dependency, Anorexia Bulimia, hypochondriasis, attention deficit disorder disorders of gender identity and eating disorders and more serious disorders.
b. Anorexia nervosa: this disorder is more common among females than males affecting an average of 150 people at any given time. Therefore, 1% of the population of all young women affected by anorexia nervosa and 10 per cent of all affected individuals die from suicide, heart attack, and hunger.
c. bulimia nervosa: one to three of every 100 people show signs and symptoms of bulimia nervosa.
d. anxiety disorder – 10% of the young adult population have anxiety disorders.
e. depression – one in every eighth individuals have clinical depression. One in five young people have emotional problems and 30% of all adolescents who were diagnosed for emotional problems are depressed.
(f) juvenile delinquency: more than 150, 000 American teenagers are under the criminal justice system. Most of them have two or more mental disorders. 57% of all juvenile offenders have been informed prior hospitalization associated with their mental problems.
g. schizophrenia – in every 1000 adolescents, there are three people who suffer from schizophrenia.
h. serious emotional disturbances: 10% of all young adults have severe disturbances in their emotional States.
i. the suicide: for the ages of 15 and 24, this is the main cause of death. There are at least 500, 000 people that they take their own lives each year.
Statistics on the prevalence of mental disorders in adults
a depression: depression is the leading psychiatric disorder among elderly affecting 5% of the population of old age.
b. 6.5 million adults have severe mental disorders.
c. in every group of 100,000 people, there are at least 240 of them are suffering from a type of mental illness
d. 6000 adult Americans commit suicide each year
e approximately 1 million old Americans suffer from organic mental disorders
(f) 15% of the adult population experience dementia
g 1 million American adults have severe Alzheimer’s disease
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