Mental Health

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It is completely normal to 'have issues'

Mental health issues are actually more common than you think. In the United States, one in every five adults experience a mental illness every year, and about 450 million people around the world are affected by some mental health issue. Depression is one of the most prevalent conditions affecting people globally, along with anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Data from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (performed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) showed that mental illness occurs most frequently in people ages 18 to 25, followed closely by the 26–49 age group.

All of this information serves to prove the significant presence of mental illness in American society as well as around the world; having issues could almost be considered the norm. This does not mean individuals should have to live with chronic disease. Rather, mental health is a prominent issue that needs to be addressed.