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About Mental Illness

Did you know that someone you care about may need mental health care?

  • 1 in 5 people will have a mental health problem this year
  • 1 in 8 people have a serious anxiety disorder
  • 1 in 22 people have depression or manic depression
  • 1 in 5 kids have a mental health problem
  • 1 in 100 youths develop schizophrenia in their lifetime
  • 20 people commit suicide in Ontario every week

We are reminding friends of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Huron-Perth Branch to continue their support by renewing or taking out a CMHA membership. By continuing your membership or becoming a new member, you will make a difference in the lives of individuals and their families and friends, who are at risk or who are living with a mental illness.

Learning More About Mental Illness*

Mental disorders are comparable to physical illnesses in many ways: they take many forms, they are distinct from the people who experience them (so we refer to "an individual with schizophrenia" rather than "a schizophrenic"), and they are treatable.

Mental disorders, which may also be called psychiatric disorders, include the following:

Schizophrenia

One of the most serious mental illnesses, schizophrenia affects about 1 percent of Canadians. Contrary to what many people believe, schizophrenia is not a "split personality."

Mood Disorders

These illnesses affect about 10 percent of the population. Everyone experiences 'highs' and 'lows' in life, but people with mood disorders experience them with greater intensity and for longer periods of time than most people. Mood disorders include bipolar disorder, depression, post-partum depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and others.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders affect about 12 percent of Canadians. They include phobias, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Eating Disorders

These disorders are most common in women under the age of 30. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

Concurrent Disorders

"Concurrent disorders" describes a condition in which a person has both a mental illness and a substance use problem.

Dual Diagnosis

In Canada, "dual diagnosis" usually refers to an individual with a mental illness and a co-occurring developmental disability.

*For additional resources and information about mental illness, we recommend the Ontario CMHA website at http://www.ontario.cmha.ca/about_mental_health.asp?cID=7593

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