8 Things People with Mental Illness Want You to Know

in the mind of a therapist

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A mental illness is a disease that causes mild-to-severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior which results in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and happenings.  Most people believe that mental disorders are uncommon, which often lead to negative beliefs and false accusations about what exactly it entails.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Alliance (NAMI):

  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the US experience mental illness in a given year
  • Approximately 21% of youth aged 13-18 and 13% of children aged 8-15 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point in their life.

Needless to say, the notion that mental disorders are rare and likely “happen to someone else” is false.  When diagnosed with a mental illness, most people and their family members are not prepared to cope with the idea of having a mental illness and the emotional and behavioral turmoil that can happen with a…

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