1Is mental illness a common life experience?
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.