Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The most common reason, why people do not get help with their mental problems is the fact that they think they are alone with their illness. Hence, they are afraid to admit having mental illnesses because of what other “so called healthy ones” may think about them…..
Well, the statistics show that you cannot possibly be alone with mental illnesses. Take a look for yourself. Below is an excerpt from an article at http://www.squidoo.com/Anxiety-Disorders-notalone
“Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – 6.8 million (3.1%)
Panic disorder – 6 million (2.7%)
Agoraphobia – 1.8 million (0.8%)
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) – 15 million (6.8%)
Specific phobia – 19.2 million (8.7%)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD) – 2.2 million (1%);
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – 7.7 million (3.5%)
Those are the statistics for the U.S., now let’s go worldwide!
The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations public health arm that monitors disease outbreaks and assesses the performance of health systems around the globe, conducted a survey including 14 countries and published results in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2004. Anxiety disorders were reported as the most common disorders in 13 countries out of the 14. (For those of you who like detail, the countries included the U.S., Mexico, Columbia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, Lebanon, Nigeria, Japan, and People’s Republic of China. Ukraine was the only country where anxiety disorders didn’t rank as #1.)”