Sometimes it is important to take a step back and look at the facts and figures surrounding certain life situations. When it comes to mental disorders and stress some of the information available can feel very cloudy. Here is a quick look at some of the statistics surrounding mental health and stress.
- 26.2% of adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with a mental illness each year. The National Institute of Mental Health indicates that one in four adults currently suffer from a mental disorder. After the 2004 Census they estimated that mental illness affects over 57.7 million people in the United States over the age of 18.
- 80% of people indicate that their stress level has increased in the last year. The American Psychology Association studies the stress levels in adults in the United States from year to year. Over the last five years 60% of respondents have said they are actively trying to reduce stress, but only 20% said their stress levels have actually reduced.
- Money, work, and the economy are the top causes of stress. Money clocks in for 69% of people experiencing stress in their lives. 65% of people indicated work and 61% said it was the economy causing their stress. Family responsibility accounts for 57%, relationships 56%, family health problems 52%, and personal health problems 51%.
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues reported in the U.S. 40 million adults over the age of 18 in the United States have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. More of a concern, however, is that only one-third are receiving treatment for their condition.
- Anxiety disorders cost more than $42 million per year. This figure makes up nearly one-third of the total healthcare costs in the U.S. Often these costs are related to treating physical symptoms that are actually manifestations of mental disorders caused by stress.
Do you feel that your mental health is being affected by stress in a negative way?
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