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common mental health disorders


Mental health disorders seem to be growing more prominent in the United States, especially in recent years. In fact, approximately 22% of Americans 18 years and older are diagnosed with one mental health disorder every year. That’s over 44 million adults— 1 in 5 people— who suffer from mental health issues. Additionally, most people with mental health disorders suffer from more than one concurrently. The following are some of the most common mental health disorders in the world today, according to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is an especially common mental disorder, but it’s usually the most evident in preschools and elementary schools. However, there are teenagers who can develop ADHD as well. An estimated 4% of individuals aged 9 to 17 suffer from ADHD. Interestingly, boys are more than twice as likely to develop ADHD than girls are. Despite its prominence, ADHD typically isn’t harmful and is, in fact, a very manageable mental health disorder.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders have been on the rise for several years now. Today, it’s one of the most prevalent forms of mental disorders in the U.S. Just over 19 million adults in the U.S. ages 18 to 54 are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder each year. That’s over 13% of people in that age group in a given year. The most frequently seen anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. More “intense” anxiety disorders include panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. In any case, women are much more susceptible to the development of most anxiety disorders than men are.

Sadly, most of the men and women suffering from anxiety disorders tend to have more than one at any given time. In fact, it’s incredibly common for anxiety disorders to co-occur with depression, eating disorders, or addictive disorders like substance abuse.

Depressive Disorders

Depressive disorders are just as common as anxiety disorders, but they seem to be occurring more in recent generations as than in older ones. Almost 19 million U.S. adults 18 years old or older are diagnosed every year. This mean that nearly 9.5% of the U.S. population suffers from a depressive disorder. Major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder are the most well-known examples of depressive disorders. Both of these examples commonly co-occur with anxiety disorders and substance abuse. Additionally, like with anxiety disorders, twice as many women— 12.4 million— are affected by depressive disorders as men, who make up only 6.4 of the 19 million affected.

Eating Disorders

The most well-known eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. As we’ve seen, some of the more common mental health disorders usually affect more women than men. The same can be said for these eating disorders. Eating disorders affect more than 8 million Americans every year, and only a small fraction of them are men. Alternatively, studies have shown that an estimated 0.5-4.0 % of the female U.S. population will struggle with anorexia and 1.0-4.0% will struggle with bulimia over the course of their lifetimes, starting as early as childhood.

Impulse Control Disorders

As the name suggests, impulse control disorders (also called addictive disorders) are ones in which people are mentally incapable of resisting impulses. The people who struggle with an impulse control are likely to become so absorbed with the object(s) of their addiction that they start to neglect other areas of their life, such as responsibilities and relationships. This is especially problematic since poor impulse control can lead to a variety of disastrous consequences, like self-harm or harm to others. Substance abuse, gambling addiction, kleptomania and even pyromania are all common, albeit extreme, examples of impulse control disorders.

Rx Helper Assists with Medication for Common Mental Health Disorders

There is one very important thing that all of these mental health disorders have in common: they can be treated with specialized medications. And even better, most of the medications that are known to successfully treat these mental health disorders are available over-the-counter. At the Rx Helper, it is our duty to ensure that you can afford any and all medications you may need for the everyday maintenance of your mental health. If you are suffering from one or more of these common mental health disorders and need prescription assistance to manage the symptoms, call us at 877-767-3297.


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