Mental Illness

1Is mental illness a common life experience?

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How is your mental health? Science says abnormal is the new normal. One study followed people for 12 to 30 years. A high percentage of the participants reported having some mental disorder.

Only a small share of the population stays mentally healthy from age 11 to 38 the study insists. Everyone else experiences a mental illness at some point.

For many, an episode of mental disorder is like the flu or a broken bone says Jonathan Schaefer, a psychologist at Duke U. One study reported 1 in 6 subjects reported no anxiety disorders, depression or other mental ailments from late childhood to middle age.