Mental illness is far more common than many people realize. At any given time, roughly 20–25 percent of people experience psychological distress severe enough to affect their ability to function at work, school, home, or in their relationships. In the United States, more than 50 percent of people are diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder in their lifetime.
To put that into recency perspective, 2019 saw 19.86 percent of American adults experiencing some kind of mental illness—the equivalent of around 50 million people. Moreover, one national study found that more than 80 percent of people developed a diagnosable mental illness at some point in their life when tracking mental health over time and using evidence-based tools for screening.
Despite how common mental illness evidently is, only around 50 percent of people receive the professional support they need. Acknowledging the reality that mental illness is widespread and affects a significant portion of the population and moving away from seeing it as a taboo subject is a vital step to providing essential and accessible treatment services.
Most importantly, as your Bergen County therapists, we are here to validate your struggles and help you to realize that you are not alone. There are many people who share your experiences and who have gone through what you are going through. Accordingly, we offer group therapy in addition to individual therapy, where participants can garner community support.