1 in 4 adults will experience mental illness in 2014
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and often results in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness does not discriminate, and can affect any age, race, religion, or income level. In fact, one in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experience some form of mental illness in a given year. While most adults recover quickly from their mental illness, others suffer from prolonged and serious mental illness.
1 in 16 adults are diagnosed with serious mental illness
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 16 adults are diagnosed with serious mental illness.
Examples of mental illnesses include:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Dissociative Disorders
- Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Schizoaffective Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
Although the exact cause of most mental illnesses is not known, it is becoming clear through research that many of these conditions are caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. People can recover from mental illness with treatment and, most importantly, a reliable support system.
Clubhouse International is helping communities establish Clubhouses in many countries around the world. The Clubhouse model demonstrates that people with mental illness can successfully participate in society through education, employment, and other social activities. The San Antonio Clubhouse, which is accredited by Clubhouse International, is committed to this model of recovery and offers a supportive community where members recover from mental illness through meaningful relationships and rewarding work.