Psychiatric illnesses are extremely common in the United States and around the world
Loganville, Georgia (PRWEB) July 9, 2006
“Psychiatric illnesses are extremely common in the United States and around the world” says Dr. Richard Petty, an English-born psychiatrist with Promedica who has taught and lectured in over forty four countries. “The National Institutes of Mental Health estimate that 26.2% of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.”
Approximately 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older, have a mood disorder such as major depression or bipolar disorder. Major Depressive Disorder affects about 6.7% of American adults and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people between 15 and 44. Additionally, 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1% of people in this age group, have an anxiety disorder, ADHD, one of the most common mental disorders in children and adolescents, also affects an estimated 4.1% of adults.
All members of the group are extremely experienced in treating major mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Several members of the group are world-renowned for their research and innovative approaches to treatment. They have published books and articles about their work and provide free online articles for professionals, the general public and the media at PsychiatricResourceForum.blogs.com and RichardGPettyMD.blogs.com.
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