Research and study up on acting.Face the Facts of Mental Illness
No. of Americans Suffering from Mental Illness
∑ As many as 80 percent of people suffering from mental illnesses can effectively return to normal, productive lives if they receive appropriate treatment.
∑ During any one-year period, up to 50 million Americans, more than 22 percent, suffer from a clearly diagnosable mental disorder involving a degree of incapacity that interferes with employment, attendance at school or daily life.
Cost of Mental Illness to Society
∑ The direct costs of support and medical treatment of mental illnesses total $55.4 billion a year.
∑ The indirect costs, such as lost employment, reduced productivity, criminal activity, vehicular accidents and social welfare programs increase the total cost of mental and substance abuse disorders to more than $273 billion a year.
Efficacy of Treatment for Mental Disorders
∑ Medications relieve acute symptoms of schizophrenia in 80 percent of cases, but only about half of all people with schizophrenia seek treatment.
∑ With therapy, 80 to 90 percent of the people suffering from depressive disorders can get better, but fewer than one-third of those suffering seek treatment.
∑ Refinements of lithium carbonate, used in treating manic-depressive (bipolar) disorder, have led to an estimated annual savings of $8 billion in treatment costs and lost productivity associated with bipolar disorder.
∑ Studies of psychotherapy by the National Institute of Mental Health have shown it to be very effective in treating mild to moderate depression.
Statistics gathered from the American Psychiatric Associationís web site: www.psych.org