A Report on America’s Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
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Mental Illness Facts
Mental illnesses are disorders of the brain that can often profoundly disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others. Mental illnesses include such disorders as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing.
Treatment works for most people living with mental illness, and an array of services and supports including access to appropriate medication and peer-support service are necessary to ensure recovery.
The unintended consequence of untreated mental illness results in a negative financial and social impact to police, educators, emergency rooms, and businesses. Cost-effective, proven treatment and services exist that not only support recovery for people living with mental illness but also ensure the health of America's communities and families.
Here are some important facts about mental illness and recovery:
"Recovery is a healing and growth process of gaining or developing assets-emotional, spiritual, vocational, and psychological."
Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director
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