Important statistics about mental health diagnoses:
IMPACT OF DEPRESSION
Major Depressive Disorders have an 80% recovery rate within 2 years
The risk of recurrence with a Major Depressive Episode is 50% after the first episode, 70% after the second episode and 90% after the third episode.
If a Major Depressive Disorder is only partially treated then the likelihood of future episodes increases.
The earlier a Major Depressive Disorder is treated, the more likely that the treatment will be effective.
IMPACT OF ANXIETY
Generalized Anxiety Disorder has a 20% recovery rate within 2 years.
In the US, Anxiety Disorders are the #1 mental health problem for women and the #2 problem for men (#1 for men is alcohol and/or other drug problems)
Lifestyle changes, including managing interpersonal relationships and stress well, are cornerstones to treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder
17%of the US population, or 50 million people, have suffered from an anxiety disorder in the past year
25% of adults will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in their life
Benefits Of Therapy
Psychotherapy has been shown to change levels of serotonin, the brain chemical involved in depression. This is the same mechanism that drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor and other SSRI’s work by.
Studies show that antidepressant medications and psychotherapy both work equally well for psychological problems (this may not apply to some diagnoses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder which have a stronger genetic component).
Brain scans have shown that psychotherapy increases the thickness of fibers that connect the frontal lobe to the limbic system. This allows us to better control our emotions and remain calm and not react even when we feel provoked.
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