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Breaking down mental disorders in the general population

Have you ever wondered how many people are actually suffering from various mental disorders? It can be hard to pin down. Unlike a lot of physical ailments, people may work hard to hide them and may never talk about them.

This can lead to the perception that they're not very common, when the reality is that you may know many people who are suffering from these issues. Below are a few disorders and key statistics to help break things down.

1. GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

In the United States, about 3.1 percent of people suffer from GAD. That works out to 6.8 million adults. It's worth noting that it's much more common in women, who are twice as likely to have it.

2. PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)

About 3.5 percent of people have PTSD, or 7.7 million total. Again, women have it more often than men. Issues that bring on PTSD often include sexual abuse and rape. The occurance in combat veterans is more widely known.

3. OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Men and women have equal odds of developing OCD, and it impacts about 2.2 million people -- or one percent of the population. A quarter of the cases start early, when a person is just 14 years old, with the median age clocking in at 19.

4. Major Depressive Disorder

Per the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, nothing causes disability more often than Major Depressive Disorder, at least when looking at those between 15 years old and 44 years old. Over 15 million adults have it, meaning it impacts roughly 6.7 percent of the population.

Are you suffering from a disorder that limits your ability to work and requires expensive treatment? If so, be sure that you know exactly what legal rights you have.

Source: ADAA, "Facts & Statistics," accessed Aug. 18, 2017

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