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43 Mysterious Facts about Mental Health

Our mental health can be a test for us each minute of our everyday lives, especially nowadays when all of us are living the “new normal” due to Covid 19 measures and lockdowns. We’ve got to learn how to cope with the stresses of life, be productive and contribute to our community.

Mental health is essential to our collective and individual competence as humans to think, feel, interact with each other, earn a living, and enjoy life. So our vital concern should be the promotion, protection, and restoration of mental health. Where to begin? Start by reading these interesting facts about mental health that’ll help to raise your awareness!

  1. Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities”.
  2. Thankfully, mental health problems are mostly mild to moderate short-lived mental health conditions.
  3. In America, over 43 million Americans struggle with mental illness.

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  1. 1 in 5 young people, from 13 to 18 years old have or will have a mental illness in their lifetime.
  2. Since 2012 youth depression rates have risen from 5.9% to 8.2%.
  3. Depression symptoms can influence school performance and have an effect on personal relationships.
  4. Mental illnesses can distress people of any age, race, religion, or background.
  5. It’s a medical condition that disturbs a person’s thinking, feeling, state, and ability to communicate with others and function on a daily basis.
  6. Trauma or histories of abuse, biological factors, family history of mental illness, contribute to the development of a mental health condition.

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  1. The leading cause of disability worldwide is depression.
  2. Usual signs of mental health issues include severe mood swings, eating habits’ changes, acute worrying or fear, problems in focusing, avoiding friends, and social activities.
  3. More than 1 in 4 adults living with severe mental issues also struggle with substance abuse.
  4. Depression affects an estimated 300 million people worldwide and anxiety conditions affect almost 4% of the world’s population. These two disorders represent the majority of mental health problems.
  5. It’s expected around 152 million people to have some kind of dementia, with 68% in low and middle-income countries by 2050.
  6. It’s expected the annual costs of dementia to reach $2 trillion by as early as 2030.

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  1. Every 3 seconds a patient is diagnosed with dementia symptoms worldwide and the most common cause is Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Young people are particularly affected by “Eco-anxiety”.
  3. 68% of the world’s population considered climate change to be a major threat in 2019.
  1. Feeling helpless and even feeling despair at the idea of the environment’s irreversible destruction and its effects on their future has been termed “eco-anxiety”.
  2. 40% of 16-24-year old youth in the United Kingdom seems to be particularly affected with, for example, saying they were concerned about the environment vs. 29% in the overall population.
  3. Gender matters in the occurrence of mental health problems.

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  1. Depression, anxiety, eating, and bipolar disorders occur more often among women, while schizophrenia and drug use conditions are more typical among men.
  2. Some conditions among women can be caused by childbirth, early motherhood, and by the “double burden” of unpaid domestic labour.
  3. One in five women experiences mental health issues during pregnancy or in the first year after giving birth in Britain.
  4. Diet influences mental health in more ways than one.
  5. People’s state of mind has an influence on their eating behaviour.
  6. There is growing evidence that food not only impacts well-being but also the occurrence of some mental illnesses.

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  1. People on a Mediterranean diet have a 33% lower risk of suffering from depression, and the Washoku Japanese diet may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 36%.
  2. Sleep deprivation arouses depression.
  3. According to a 2019 study the French sleep no more than 6 hours and 42 minutes a day on average. Up to 35.9% of the population’s sleep is even under 6 hours. Globally, the quantity of sleep-indebted “small sleepers” is on the rise.
  4. Our overall health and well-being are determined by sleep. Lack of sleep is connected with many chronic illnesses.
  5. About half of all mental illness cases begin by the age of 14, and 75% of them develop before the age of 25.
  6. 10% of children and teenagers suffer from a clinically diagnosed mental disorder. Around half of all of these mental illnesses begin by the age of 14.

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  1. Addressing mental illness in young people is essential in providing better livelihoods knowing its serious consequences in adult age and the positive results of early treatment.
  2. Opposing to the initial promise made by major social platforms, social media can in fact worsen the feeling of loneliness.
  3. For every 10% rise in negative experience on social media, there was a 13% increase in loneliness according to one study.
  4. The population under 25 years old, due to their intensive use of social media, is more liable to social isolation, cyber-bullying and withdrawal.
  5. The ratio of mental health illnesses doubles for those who have suffered war trauma or lived through a major disaster.
  6. People with a mental health issue are generally nonviolent. In fact, only 3-5% of violent acts can be accredited to people with a serious mental disease.

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  1. Due to the associated stigma, many people don’t seek treatment for mental illness. Only 44% of adults with the diagnosed mental disease receive treatment.
  2. Therapy for mental health issues doesn’t only consist of prescribed or OTC medication. There’s also yoga, meditation, and holistic treatments which are helpful in diminishing the symptoms.
  3. 70-90% of people who go for appropriate treatment for mental health disorders have a significant reduction in symptoms.
  4. Today many people living with mental illness lead constructive and fulfilled lives despite their everyday challenges.

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