Philip Berent MD

Stigma of Mental Illness, Perceptions of Psychiatry

A large majority of the population remains confused about mental disorders. Lack of information and negative stereotypes have induced irrational fears about psychiatric treatment. Representatives in the media have rarely represented psychiatric patients or their treatments in a realistic fashion.

The Facts: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): The numbers count: mental disorders in America.

26.2% of Americans 18 years and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.

Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada.

9.5% (20.9 million) Americans with depression. The median age of onset is 30.

6.7% major depression

2.6% Bipolar disorder

33,000 died by suicide in 2006

11.1% schizophrenia

18.1% anxiety disorders (40 million)

3.5 % PTSD

9.5% ADHD in children

4.4 % of adults have never been diagnosed or treated for ADHD

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The National Institute of Mental Health

All of these conditions are treatable, many with great success to full remission of symptoms. Please keep in mind: There are few hopeless patients and the present reader is not one of them.