problem shared is a problem halved
One of the biggest issues when facing a family member or a close friend with a mental or emotional disorder is dealing with the stigma and a feeling of isolation and loneliness, that is reinforced by our heimish community”s apprehension to acknowledge mental or emotional disorders due to the the associated stigma and anxiety about the negative effect it may have on the family name.
See below a report for the national institute of mental health and a statistical chart – that will show that you probably know more than one of your close family and friends are dealing with such a diagnosis.
Mental Disorders in America
Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2012 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people. Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 — who suffer from a serious mental illness. In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.