Mental illness, or psychiatric disorders, is a condition that has a lasting negative impact on your thoughts, feelings and actions. A mental illness can affect your daily life, distorting how you view yourself and interact with the world.
In the United States, about 20% of adults experience a mental illness yearly, and 5% live with a serious one. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, some of the most common psychiatric disorders in American society include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Major depressive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
According to a 2021 study, over 44% of adults in Georgia struggle with depression and anxiety. Over 104,000 adolescents between the age of 12 and 17 also struggle with depression.
Mental illness is highly stigmatized in American society, making it difficult for people to seek help. However, mental health professionals can diagnose and treat different mental health conditions.