Mental disorders affect one in four people worldwide. They can strike anyone at any time and don’t discriminate by age, income, education, or religion.
Mental Illness Awareness Week is an opportunity for the Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health to promote education around the impact of mental illness on our communities.
In North America, anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder) are most common, affecting 40 million adults in the U.S. alone.
Tragically, only a third of those with symptoms will seek treatment. They may fear discrimination due to misinformation and stigma, and can be doomed to suffer in silence, sometimes under the misguided belief that they are to blame for what’s happening to them. Even when they seek help, shortages of specialized health care practitio