Mental health disorders, commonly referred to as mental illnesses, refer to conditions that affect how you think, feel, and behave. Mental illnesses can cause moderate to severe impairment in your ability to accomplish life activities, such as taking care of personal hygiene, performing manual tasks such as cooking and cleaning your home, and participating in your professional and social life.
Co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis, on the other hand, refer to the simultaneous presence of mental health disorders and substance use disorders in an individual. It’s a complex condition requiring integrated treatment approaches to address both issues concurrently.
If you struggle with your mental health, you’re not alone. Around 970 million people worldwide live with mental health disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 57 million American adults experienced a mental illness in 2021.
Data from the National Alliance on Mental Illness shows that:
- 19.1% of American adults suffer from anxiety disorders, conditions that cause excessive or irrational worry and fear, leading to irritability, difficulty concentrating, and panic attacks.
- 8.3% of people have a major depressive disorder, a category of mood disorders characterized by persistent feelings of sadness that lower your energy levels, affect your self-esteem, and can lead to thoughts of self-harm and suicide.
- 3.6% of adults have post-traumatic stress disorder, which causes hypervigilance, distressing flashbacks, and insomnia and can result in feelings of anxiety or depression.