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HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS BY ALLISON MANNING
1 in 5
Approximate number of adults
in the U.S. who experience
mental illness each year.
Depression ranks #1
on the list of most prevalent mental illnesses. It affects more than
26 percent of adults in the U.S.
of adults with mental
health symptoms think
people are caring and
sympathetic toward those
with mental illness.
of adults in the
U.S. with a mental
health condition did
not receive mental
health services in
the past year.
Lost earnings annually because of
serious mental illness in the U.S.
of mental health
by age 24.
Sources: National Institute of Mental Health, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Archives of General
Psychiatry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Alliance on Mental Illness
NEED MENTAL HEALTH HELP?
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT
SUMM ER 2017
For apps that clear the privacy barrier, the
next step is efficacy. A study of 700 mindfulness apps found that, while many offered
acceptable information and guidance, only
4 percent actually provided mindfulness
training and education. And some apps
offer advice that can only be considered
frightening-like the app for people with
bipolar disorder that recommended drinking hard alcohol during manic episodes.
Next, consider usability-is the app easy
to use? Also, look for apps that can securely
share your information with your doctor so
you can integrate the app with your overall
mental health treatment plan.
Want more information about what mental health apps can
do? Check out the
Anxiety and Depression
Association of America's
app ratings at adaa.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY THINKSTOCK
App stores are loaded with downloads
promising mental health fixes from guided
meditations to mood trackers to insomnia
cures. But do they work? And are they safe?
The American Psychiatric Association is
studying the issue with a smartphone app
evaluation task force.
John Torous, MD, chair of the task force,
says the top risks are privacy and security.
One study of 82 mental health apps found
app that's free, question how it's funded.
Are the developers selling your mental