Mental illness plagues many New Jersey residents throughout their lifetimes. In many cases, mental illness may range from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia. Many mentally ill patients are affected so seriously by mental illness that they are unable to hold a job or even get a job. However, there are also many cases in which the disabled person may face a lot of social stigma.
New Jersey authorities have established various awareness programs in order to eradicate the various myths about mental illness. Authorities have determined that mental illness is quite common. Twenty percent of adults in the United States suffer from mental illness in one form or another. Ten percent of young adults suffer from serious depression. Also, many people suffer from other serious mental disorders, including bipolar disease or schizophrenia.
In many cases of serious mental illness, the patient may either attempt or succeed at committing suicide. With that in mind, mental illness is not only regarded as a serious disease but it is also considered a fatal disease in some cases. Medical experts have stated that early detection of mental illness in children –before the person is 14-years-old — may help to understand how to treat the child more effectively. Social awareness of mental illness may be the key to saving lives.
Many people also incorrectly believe that people suffering from mental illness display violent behavior. However, researchers have determined that people who are suffering from mental illness are more likely to be victimized than be the abuser. Only a very small percentage of mentally ill people have displayed any kind of violent behavior.
However, treatment is essential in dealing with mental illnesses of any kind and at any level of severity. However, such treatment may be expensive. If a person in New Jersey is in a similar situation, the person may find it beneficial to consult an attorney to guide the person through the process of applying for government benefits for mental illnesses.
Source: MentalHealth.gov, “Mental health myths and facts,” Accessed on March 19, 2015