Public awareness of mental illnesses is on the rise, and for good reason. Approximately 1 in 6 people in the UK will need treatment for mental health conditions in their lifetimes, for a wide variety of mental health conditions. In particular, approximately 1 in 100 people will suffer from an episode of schizophrenia at some point in there life.
At any one moment, some 220,000 people in the Uk alone are receiving treatment for the condition. This article endeavours to explain the symptoms and hypothesised causes of schizophrenia.
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According to statistics from NHS Digital, at any one time, a sixth of the population in England aged 16 to 64 have a mental health illness. Whether family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues, the chances are we all know someone that is affected.
The figures, while worrying, in reality don’t even scratch the surface. The study, which leaves out less common conditions – and is a snapshot in time, could be closer to a quarter of the population experiencing mental health illness on an annual basis.
Statistically, women are more likely than men to experience mental and emotional (not psychotic) illness. Research shows that 20 per cent of all adult women between the ages of 16 to 65 have ‘significant mental health problems’, as compared with 14 per cent of men between these ages.
However, women are more likely to seek, and be diagnosed, help for mental health problems.
Young people are particularly susceptible to mental health difficulties.
Continue reading “Mental health illness – how common is it?”
1 in 5 adults are living with some variety of mental health issue which negatively affects their lives. Needing to locate facilities that offer different mental health treatments can be a complicated process. Like physical health issues, mental issues can get worse without appropriate treatment.
There are a variety of mental health treatments available. Often, an individual may receive more than one type of treatment while they are getting help with a mental health issue. For instance, a person may learn about their condition (education), talk to a counsellor or therapist, and make some lifestyle changes to support the positive things that they are making in their life. Continue reading “Mental Health Treatments”