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Mental Illnesses are brain-based conditions that affect thinking, emotions, and behaviors. There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. The more common disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal.

According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one in five adults in the United States are affected by mental illness. The NIMH has two broad categories describing these conditions: Any Mental Illness (AMI) and Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

Any Mental Illness (AMI) is a behavioral, mental, or emotional disorder which can vary in impact from no impairment to severe impairment. A study done in 2019 showed overall that 24.5% of women suffer from AMI and 16.3% of men suffer from AMI. Women also seem to seek medical attention more often than men do when suffering with AMI.

Serious mental illness (SMI) is described as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder resulting in serious functional impairment, which can interfere with or limit major life activities.

In 2019 it was estimated that 5.2% (13.1 million) of adults in the United States suffer from SMI and more women were treated for SMI than men were.