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We Lack Knowledge & Understanding of Mental Illness 4/27

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:04 pm    Post subject: We Lack Knowledge & Understanding of Mental Illness 4/27
From Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:00 am to Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:59 am (included)
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Contact: Medialink New York, 888-560-5578, mediadesk@medialink.com

NEW YORK, April 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- When it comes to their health, Americans want the best care possible. However, when it comes to mental health, there is a widespread lack of knowledge and understanding about the warning signs, causes, and effective treatments. As a result, many people who suffer from common mental disorders may not be getting the help they need.

See video at: http://media.medialink.com/WebNR.aspx?story=31910

Did you know?

-- About 20 percent of Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder (e.g., depression or anxiety) annually, yet most Americans think the figure is only 10 percent or less.

-- Each year, more people suffer from a mental illness than from cancer and diabetes combined.

-- Eighty-four percent say they would benefit from knowing more about the warning signs of mental illnesses.

-- One-third of Americans mistakenly think that emotional or personal weakness is a major cause of common mental illnesses - and almost as many find old age to be a major cause.

-- The rate of successful treatment for depression (70-80 percent) compares very favorably to the rate for other chronic illnesses, such as heart disease (45-50 percent).

Mental illnesses are real and treatable. The American Psychiatric Association's public information campaign "Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives." aims to raise awareness of the facts about mental health during Mental Health Month. The campaign provides the public with the most up-to-date, science-based information on common mental health concerns, warning signs, where to turn for help, and treatment options. Americans can also get help by speaking to their primary care physician or a psychiatrist. For more information about the warning signs and treatment for mental illnesses, visit http://www.HealthyMinds.org - a free public information resource on mental health.

Registered journalists can access video, audio, text, graphics and photos for free and unrestricted use at http://media.medialink.com.

http://www.usnewswire.com/
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