Mental Health Conditions

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can affect a person’s thinking, feelings, and moods. They can also affect the way a person relates to other people and how well they manage day-to-day activities. Family members and friends can also be affected when there is a serious illness of any kind in the family including mental illness. 

One in every 5 adults experiences a mental health condition in any given year. One in 25 experiences a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia (according to NAMI). They can affect people of any age, race, or income level. No two people are exactly alike so even those with the same conditions may experience them differently.

Mental health conditions affect young people as well as adults. Half of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and up to 75% develop by age 24. It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between behavior that’s normal for adolescents and teens and signs that a mental health condition is developing. Getting help early is important. Relief of symptoms and recovery from illness is possible especially if you are actively engaged in treatment.

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