We all know people who seem to have everything anyone could want, yet life seems miserable, unbearable, and they contemplate or commit suicide. We help people get the mental health treatment they may need. On the flip side, we also know of others who endure very difficult financial, material, relational, or physical circumstances, yet their attitude is good and their psychological, or mental health, functioning is great. Mental health is the key to experiencing fulfillment, joy, and peace.
Mental health should not be taken for granted. For millions of Americans, daily life is a struggle as they deal with managing their emotions like depression, anxiety, and anger, their behaviors like eating disorders, cutting themselves, or impulsivity, and thinking like obsessions, hallucinations, or delusions. The impact on their relationship with themselves, with the loved ones in their life, and with God is often devastating, which worsens their problem.
Lighthouse Network provides hope for those struggling with mental health and addiction issues. If you or a loved one need mental health treatment, fill out the form below or contact us at 1-844-Life-Change (844-543-3242) today.
Statistics of Mental Health Disorders – Many Are Struggling
The following statistics only count “major” behavioral health disorders defined as causing significant distress or functional impairment over a prolonged period of time. These stats do not include temporary stress reactions to adversity, minor depressions lasting less than 2 weeks, shorter-term emotional and psychological struggles, or minor substance abuse without addiction. Nevertheless, the numbers are sad and overwhelming.
The following are statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Harvard National Comorbid Survey Replication showing how many millions struggle in one year and how many are at risk over their lifetime.
Last US Census 2010 total population = 310 M (million)
- Adults age > 18 = 75% or 232.5 M
Mental health disorders (percent of total population) in the past 12 months:
- 19.1% (44 M) anxiety disorder – OCD, PTSD, Panic, Phobias, Social Anxiety
- 9.7% (23 M) mood disorder – Clinical Depression, Dysthymia, Bipolar
- 10.5% (24 M) Impulse Disorder, ADHD, Intermittent Explosive Disorder (excessive volatile anger), and Conduct Disorder
- 1.1% (2.6 M) Schizophrenia
- 26.8% (62 M) mental health disorder and no addiction
- 47% (109 M) substance or process addiction (not included are caffeine or pornography)
Over their lifetime:
- 31% (72 M) anxiety disorder
- 21.4% (50 M) mood disorder
- 25% (58 M) impulse disorder
- 1.5% (3.5 M) Schizophrenia
- 64% (149M) any behavioral health (addiction or mental health) disorder
These individuals face a variety of symptoms on a daily basis. Some are depressed or experience uncontrollable mood swings. Others feel anxiety or fear of every day tasks. Still others have trouble interacting with those around them. All feel emotionally drained.
Mental health disorders have a way of knocking a person down, partly because the conditions are often misunderstood. There is a stigma attached to mental health problems, and people don’t want to admit they are having the thoughts and feelings they are. So they continue on, day after day, without getting mental health treatment or not knowing help is available.
Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders and Addiction Disorders
Individuals that struggle with mental health issues are more likely to self-medicate with substance or other addictive behaviors to ease the emotional pain and embarrassment of mental illness. All addicts have some psychological issue that leads to the addiction, but sometimes it is not a major mental health issue. Substance use can worsen, or even cause a mental health disorder as addictive substances give some relief or high, but over time, cause anxiety, depression, and/or hallucinations. Co-occurring addiction and mental health issues frequently go hand in hand and will worsen each other over time.
According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 8.4 million adults in the United States have both a mental and substance use disorder. However, only 7.9 percent of people receive treatment for both conditions, and 53.7 percent receive no treatment at all.
Mental Health Treatment and Substance Use Disorders
Effective treatment is available for mental health only disorders and for individuals with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance use disorder. Over the years, mental health treatment programs have gotten much better at addressing these co-occurring conditions. It used to be that people were shuffled back and forth from psychiatrist to rehab, with treatment providers never quite understanding the connection between the two. Today, we know that in order to treat one condition, you must also treat the other, because they are so closely intertwined. Treatment for co-occurring disorders involves behavioral modification therapy, insight-oriented counseling, and psychiatric care. Only after the person has addressed the underlying causes of both conditions through an integrated BioPsychoSpiritual approach to transform their heart and thought processes can they experience true recovery.
At Lighthouse Network we help individuals and families struggling with either mental illness only, co-occurring mental illness, and addiction disorders. Our approach uses faith-based solutions which allow our clients to be transformed by the healing power of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and then learning how to apply the great life transformation tips taught in the Bible. No problem is too big or too small for our experienced staff. We will work with you to help you understand your condition and then give you real strategies that will allow you to get your life back again. Contact us at 844-Life-Change (844-543-3242) to find help today.