Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.Mental health problems are actually very common. In 2011, about:
- One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue
- One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression
- One in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Warning Signs of Mental Illness
[Source: American Psychiatric Association]
Recovery is possible
Finding a mental health provider
[Source: Mayo Clinic]
[Source: National Institute of Mental Health]
Brain Basics provides information on how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and ongoing research that helps us better understand and treat disorders.
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