Mental health disorders affect people from all walks of life. They’re more common than you might think – in one year alone, more than 18 percent of Americans adults experienced mental illness such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
Fortunately, mental health disorders are treatable, and recovery does happen. Recovery does not mean a disorder disappears. Rather, recovery is “process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential,” according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Recovery focuses on the whole person. It includes managing symptoms, having a safe place to live, taking part in meaningful daily activities and building relationships with other people. Many people with mental health disorders live healthy, fulfilling lives.
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