Mental Health Facts and Myths (NAMI)

Exploring Beyond the Surface

Copied and pasted from the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) website.  Authored by Sarah Powell.

Myth: Mental health conditions are uncommon.

Fact: Mental illness is more prevalent than many people think: One in five Americans experiences it in their lifetime. One in twenty-five Americans experience a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. It can affect anyone, including all ages, races, income levels and religions. These common conditions are medical, and can cause changes in how people think and feel.

Myth: Mental illness is the result of bad parenting.

Fact: Children can, and do, have mental health conditions. Research shows that one in five children between the ages of 13 and 18 have or will have a mental illness. In fact, 50% of all lifetime cases begin by age 14. While environmental factors can affect a person’s…

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