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related to mental health.

  Mental Illnesses
Are medical conditions (brain disorders) that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning.
Are characterized by disturbed thinking, feeling, and behavior that affect the whole person.
Strike young people in their most productive years.

Devastate caring families emotionally, physically, and financially.

Include schizophrenia and affective disorders, bipolar, compulsive, and panic disorders, and major depression.

Are under-served, under-researched, under-financed, widely misunderstood, and stigmatized.

Occur in all classes, ethnic, and national groups.

Nationally cost billions in care and lost earnings.

Can and do improve with proper treatment, rehabilitation, and support.



7 May 2007