You Are Not Alone
For those who suffer from a mental health condition, knowing facts about mental health help to lessen the burden of a diagnosis. Mental illness is more common in America than some may think, with one in five Americans experiencing some form of mental illness in any given year, and serious conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or long-term recurring major depression effecting one in 25 Americans. Mental illness can affect anyone at any point in their life, and is not a reflection of self-worth or ability, but rather should be viewed as any other serious illness. Mental illness is never your fault, nor the fault of those around you. It is not a personal failure to experience symptoms of mental illness that interfere with your daily functioning or make it hard for you to enjoy life as you used to. With this being said, many misconceptions exist surrounding mental illness that make it hard for those who suffer to seek help, and the stigma of having a mental health condition can worsen symptoms. Although mental illness can feel isolating, you are not alone, and there is hope for recovery. NAMI North Texas offers many different tools, resources, and support groups for a multitude of demographics, which aim to educate, support, and advocate for those who suffer from mental illness.