10 Insane Facts About Mental Illness You Won't Believe

Mental disorders affect peoples’ thinking, mood, and feelings, and depending on the severity, can be debilitating for their quality of life. Every person experiences it differently, and there’s a wide array of mental illnesses, like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Just like the variety of conditions, there’s also no one easy way to treat mental illness. It can be a lifelong journey for some. Still, as we’ll soon discover, people who seek out and receive treatment are much better off than those that don’t. We think after hearing these 10 Shocking Mental Illness Facts You Won’t Believe, you’ll find this a problem we can no longer ignore.

1. In the United States, 43.8 million adults (18.5% of the population) suffer from mental illness such as anxiety disorders.

2. About 8.3 million adults ages 18 and older have reported having suicidal thoughts.

3. According to WHO, suicide accounts for 800,000 global deaths a year. It's the second leading cause of death for people 15 to 29 years old.

4. In the United States, mental disorders have a higher prevalence in the southern states in comparison to the rest of the country. For example, depression estimates in Mississippi were 13.7% in contrast to North Dakota's 4.3%.

5. 800,00 people globally die by suicide each year.

6. Soldiers who have been deployed are twice as likely to have a mental disorder

7. Most people are afraid of seeking treatment due to the stigma and discrimination against sufferers and their families.

8. It is more rampant in third world countries. Reports show that in most low to middle income countries, there is only one psychiatrist for every 1 to 4 million people

9. In a 2015 study reported by the CDC, 15.8% of high school students reported they considered attempting suicide.

10. The estimated economic cost of untreated mental illness in the U.S. is $100,000,000,000. This includes unemployment, unnecessary disability, substance abuse and more.