Mental Illnesses

By Nikki MIller

Depression

  • Depression is a serious mental illness
  • Every 12.8 Minutes a person dies from suicide
  • There are 4 males per one female who die, but 3 times as many females attempt
  • 5-8 percent of Americans 18 and older have major depression
  • 25 million Americans suffer from depression
  • 10th leading cause of death in America

Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Social Anxiety is something much bigger than just "Oh, I am anxious
Symptoms:
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Blushing
Thoughts
  • "They won't like me anymore"
  • "They will judge me"
  • "They will hate me after what I say"
Anxious Behavior:
  • Apologizing excessively
  • Preparing excessively
  • Asking for reassurance from others

Eating Disorders

  • There are some different types of eating disorders
  • Bulimia and Anorexia
  • Up to 24 million people of all ages have an eating disorder
Some statistics:

The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females.
• 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
• 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape.
• 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner
• 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat

My Eating Disorder Story.
People use these words lightly. They do not think of the actual meaning. They might say "I am really depressed today." Depression is a mental illness. Not a feeling. Social Anxiety Disorder is not, "Oh, hehe. I am shy and awkward. I am so cute." No, this is a fear that makes people not want to leave their houses for fear of what others think of them. Anorexia and Bulimia and Binge eating is not "I am super hungry or I don't want to eat today." It is the constant fear of just gaining one gram, the fear of just gaining any small amount of weight because it will make the difference.
Social Anxiety Disorder: A Devastating Look Inside The Minds of Social Anxiety Disorder Sufferers