Fact sheets are short (typically 1-2 page) articles that summarize recent research in the Mental Health field.
Consequences of Non-Treatment
An estimated 4.5 million Americans today suffer from the severest forms
of mental illness, schizophrenia and
manic-depressive illness (2.2 million people suffer from schizophrenia
and 2.3 million suffer from bipolar
disorder). The National Advisory Mental Health Council estimates that
40 percent of these individuals, or 1.8
million people, are not receiving treatment on any given day. The
consequences of non-treatment are devestating: Homelessness,
incarceration, episodes of violence, victimization, suicide, and more.
"Schizophrenia is a cruel disease. The lives of those affected are
often chronicles of constricted experiences,
muted emotions, missed opportunities, unfulfilled expectations. It
leads to a twilight existence, a twentieth century underground man...
It is in fact the single biggest blemish on the face of contemporary
American medicine and social services; when the social history of our
era is written, the plight of persons with
schizophrenia will be recorded as having been a national scandal."
Manic-Depressive Illness Facts
Individuals diagnosed with manic-depressive illness, or bipolar disorder, have mood swings that
alternate from periods of severe highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). These mood swings,
which are out of proportion or totally unrelated to events in a person's life, affect thoughts, feelings,
physical health, behavior, and functioning.