Mental Health

Kenneth R. Yeager

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Mental Health


Mental illness can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race, or income. These disorders are caused by complex interactions among physical, psychological, social, cultural, and hereditary influences. The effects of mental illness may be temporary or long lasting. Conservative estimates suggest 25 percent of the world population will be affected by some form of mental illness. Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans age eighteen and older—about one in four adults—suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2004 United States census residential population estimate for age eighteen and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people. Compared to other illnesses, mental illness is nearly as prevalent as heart disease (61 million) and more prevalent than diabetes (23.6 million) or cancer (11.1 million). When treated, recovery rates vary depending on the type and severity of illness. Unfortunately studies indicate that many individuals with severe mental illness remain untreated.

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Subjects: Social Work

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