by Comprehensive Staff

04/02/2015 1:54 pm

Mental Illnesses Are More Common Than the Big Three (Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease)

Mental health issues are a part of everyone’s lives.  One in five of us in the United States have a diagnosable mental disorder National Institute of Mental Health). That’s 60 million people.  One in 20 of us have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.  One in ten of our youth have experienced a period of serious depression.  Mental illnesses are more common than the big three of cancer, diabetes and heart disease (U.S. Surgeon General’s Report). Four of the 10 leading causes of disability (lost years of productive life) in the United States and other developed countries are mental disorders (National Institute of Mental Health).

While we frequently hear dramatic news stories about sensational crimes committed by persons alleged to have mental illness, we know those stories to not reflect the norm.  More than two thirds of Americans who have a mental illness live in the community and lead productive lives (National Mental Health Association).  With proper care and treatment, between 70 and 90 percent of persons with mental illnesses experience a significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill).

That’s where Comprehensive comes in.  Comprehensive’s system of care is nationally recognized as a leader in providing behavioral health treatment that produces superior outcomes cost effectively.  Comprehensive has become the leader in Washington State in the delivery of evidenced-based care to persons of all ages. These state of the art, evidence-based services are often of short duration and produce results equal to or better than treatments for better known problems such as heart disease.  At Comprehensive we believe that people suffering from mental illness can and do get better. They recover and lead productive lives.  That’s the most important fact.  That’s what we at Comprehensive strive to accomplish in our interactions with patients, families and communities every day.