According to the National Institute on Mental Health, mental illness effects tens of millions of people. It is estimated that 50% of these individuals do not seek treatment.

 

Mental Health America reports that incidents of mental illness in youth is on the rise.

 

A quick google search gives data from multiple sources stating that between 20%-25% of the population experience a mental health issue.

 

Even if you're not experiencing difficulties with mental illness, someone you know likely is suffering.

Who Will Benefit

Individuals, friends and family:

  • The person with situational or chronic anxiety who sometimes struggles with day to day activities.

  • The trauma survivor who is trying to stay functional while navigating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • The mom who is at her whits end with behavior challenges with her son who was just diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

  • The man who married a woman diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

  • The parents that struggle to help their son with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHA) be successful in school.

 

Did you know ADHD/ADD is classified in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual-5 (DSM-5 is the manual medical professionals use for diagnosis) as a mental disorder?

  • The daughter whose mom is showing signs of depression after having a stroke.

  • The son whose dad (diagnosed with dementia) thinks he is his son's brother.​

Yep-dementia and Alzheimer’s are in the DSM-5.

  • The girlfriend whose boyfriend recently referred to himself in 3rd person and she is wondering if he is suffering from DID (disassociation identity disorder).

  • The sister who is trying really hard not to disown her manipulative drug addicted brother.

 

Drug addiction is also in the DSM-5.

  • The son who is trying to stay calm while his dad (diagnosed with schizophrenia) is trying to convince him that everyone on the TV are “warning” him about a conspiracy.

  • The dad who worries about his son’s ability to interact with his peers (diagnosed with ASD-autism spectrum disorder).

 

And so is autism.
 

Did you catch the pattern? Anything related to the brain = mental disorder in the DSM-5.

Why does our society treat psychiatric disorders differently than neurogenetic disorders??  

--More on that later.--
 


Professionals:

  • The professional (clinical, medical educational etc.) working with individuals struggling with co-morbid diagnoses related to mental illness, cognitive disorders and communication disorders.

  • The speech-language pathologist that has students/patients on their caseload that are struggling with co-morbid mental health 

  • The social worker/psychologist whose patient diagnosed with mental illness is struggling with memory and organizational skills.

  • The nurse who struggles to communicate with the daughter of one of her patients that is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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