If you have a mental health condition, you’re not alone. One in 5 American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. And across the population, 1 in every 25 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or long-term recurring major depression.
As with other serious illnesses, mental illness is not your fault or that of the people around you, but widespread misunderstandings about mental illness remain. Many people don’t seek treatment or remain unaware that their symptoms could be connected to a mental health condition. People may expect a person with serious mental illness to look visibly different from others, and they may tell someone who doesn’t “look ill” to “get over it” through willpower. These misperceptions add to the challenges of living with a mental health condition.
Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you can dramatically reduce many of your symptoms. People with mental health conditions can and do pursue higher education, succeed in their careers, make friends and have relationships. Mental illness can slow us down, but we don’t need to let it stop us.
If you have a mental health condition, you’re not alone. Get support and learn how to live with a mental health condition.
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- Disclosing to Others
- Finding a Mental Health Professional
- Getting Help Paying for Medications
- Romantic Relationships
- Understanding Your Diagnosis
- Succeeding at Work
- Taking Care of Your Body
- Faith & Spirituality
- Securing Stable Housing
- Managing Stress
- Understanding Health Insurance
- What to Do In a Crisis
- Reentry After a Period of Incarceration
- Disability Income and Benefits