Statistics on Mood Disorders in the U.S.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) article, The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America:

  • “Approximately 20.9 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, have a mood disorder.
  • The median age of onset for mood disorders is 30 years.
  • Depressive disorders often co-occur with anxiety disorders and substance abuse.
  • Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
  • The median age of onset for bipolar disorders is 25 years.”

According to the Mental Illness Policy Organization, on average, people with bipolar disorder go to 3 or more doctors and endure 8  years of treatement prior to being correctly diagnosed.


One Response to “Statistics on Mood Disorders in the U.S.”

  1. Lulu says:

    Thank you so much for this site. My partner of 8 plus years is experiencing a manic episode that came out of the blue. It has been shocking how quickly things spiraled out of control. 2 weeks prior, we had a great family life and I felt closer to him than ever. He has left me and our daughter and says he no longer wants a relationship with me. I have felt devastated and alone because of this. He will not see me or talk to me. I believes he still loves me but cannot admit it right now. He is spending all of his money and is traveling to Europe and Mexico staying in fancy expensive hotels.
    My family only has negative things to say about him and do not want to hear that he has a mental disorder. It is painful to hear them talk about this situation, and the things they say to me make me so anxiety ridden and sad. They have no idea how badly their words hurt me and do not support me in my struggle to love him despite this illness.
    It is so helpful reading about other peoples experiences. Thank you again, I feel less alone and understand this illness a little more because of what others have shared.


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