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Mental illness affects us all

Statistics on mental health:

The number of 26.2% of Americans 18 and up, approximately one in four, suffer from some mental disorder at the time of the research. This percentage gives us the number of 57.7 million Americans.

Mental illness

Anxiety related disorders

Anxiety related disorders are mental illnesses which are very common in the U.S. They affect 40 million Americans or 18.1% of adults in the U.S. (18 and up) at the time of the research.

Anxiety disorders often co-exist with depression related disorders or disorders related to substance abuse. Most people that have an anxiety disorder usually have one more anxiety disorder.

Types of different disorders – percentages and numbers only depict the adult U.S. citizens affected:

  • General anxiety disorders: 3.1% or 6.8 million people.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders: 1.0% or 2.2 million people.
  • Panic related disorders: 2.7% or 6 million people
  • Post-traumatic stress disorders: 3.5% or 7.7 million people.
  • Social anxiety-related disorders: 6.8% or 15 million people.
  • Specific phobia related disorders: 8.7% or 19 million people.
All Phobias (Specific Phobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia) affects 36 million of the adult population or 16.3% adult Americans.

Bipolar Disorder

From Bipolar disorder suffer about 5.7 million adult Americans or approximately 2.6 percent of adults in the U.S. (18 and up). Bipolar disorder often is misdiagnosed. The average person gets 3.5 wrong diagnoses and visits four medical professionals before getting a correct diagnosis.

Bipolar disorder and relation to suicide

Almost 1 in 5 people that have the bipolar disorder commit suicide. That is 30 times more than people who are not affected by this disorder. 20 to 50% of all the people, who are affected by bipolar disorder, attempt suicide at least one time.


Adult Americans have more depression related disorders than all these illnesses combined:
  • heart disease (7 million),
  • cancer (6 million), and
  • AIDS (200,000).
  • About 20.9 million or 9.5% of Adult American have a depression-related disorder in a given year.
  • Major depression-related disorders affect about 14.8 million Adult Americans or 6.7% of the adult U.S. population (18 and up).
  • Major depression-related disorders are the number one cause of work disability in the U.S.A. for people from 15 years old to 44.


Death by suicide happens every 18 minutes in the U.S.A.

  • In 2002, in the United States, 31,655 suicides happened.
  • More than 90% of the people that commit suicide have a mental disorder, usually a depression-related disorder or a disorder related to substance abuse.
  • 132,353 people were hospitalized because of suicide attempts in 2002.
  • Suicide is number eight of all leading causes of death for U.S. men.
  • Men are more likely (four times) to commit suicide than women.
  • Suicide is number third of all leading causes of death for young people from the age of 15 years old to 24. (The number two leading cause in some states).
  • 5,393 Americans, older than 65 years old, committed suicide in 2001. 85% or 4,589 were elderly men and 15% or 804 were elderly women.
  • White men over the age of 85 commit suicide at the highest rate in the U.S.
  • The number of suicides in the U.S. is the lowest during the winter and the highest during the spring, despite that some popular reports point to the opposite.

Online Screening of Mental Health

Should I go to a doctor to talk about mental health?

You are unsure if you just had a bad month, or if you are affected by depression or even a bipolar disorder? Are the symptoms which you are feeling associated with anxiety? And you don't know whether that something to worry about?

Mental Health

Several online resources offer screenings for mental health which can help you assess your mental health condition and give you an advice on whether you should talk to a medical professional or not.

Do I have depression?

  • Mental Health of America
  • Medical Center, NYU
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
  • See also: Symptoms of depressive disorders

Do I have a bipolar disorder?

  • The Questionnaire for mood disorders of Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
  • The Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale (BSDS), Ronald Pies, MD, S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH
  • See also: Symptoms of bipolar-related disorders

Do I have an anxiety-related disorder?

Hamilton Anxiety Scale, Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Screening for Anxiety:

  • General Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic related disorders,
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and Specific Phobias.
  • The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
  • See also: Anxiety or Anxiety related disorder?
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