Awareness Facts

Prevalence, Statistics, and Helpful Information 

Chronic illness, mental illness, and caring for a loved one with illness impacts every aspect of life – faith, families, finances, friendships, education, hobbies, employment and marriage.

CHRONIC ILLNESS

  • Chronic illness affects more than half of people (60%) – Approximately 171 million people.
    • 42% have two or more chronic conditions
    • 29% have three or more
    • 19% four or more
    • 12% have five or more
  • Invisible illness characterizes approximately 96% of those with chronic illness.
  • 25% have illness which limits activity
  • The healthcare needs of people with Multiple Chronic Conditions are often complex.
    • 71% of all health care spending in the US goes towards treating people with MCC.
      Although MCC affects a large percentage of working-aged Americans (49% of those aged 45-64), prevalence
      increases with age – 80% of people 65 and older live with MCC.
  • Chronic Illness affects 42% of children – Approximately 32 million children (aged 0-17 years) in the US.
    • 29% have two or more chronic conditions.
    • About 25% of children in the US aged 2 to 8 years have a chronic health condition.
  • Approximately 33% of people with chronic illness experience symptoms of depression.


MENTAL ILLNESS

  • Almost 47 million adults experience mental illness in a given year.
  • Mental Illness impacts 1 in 5 adults. More than 11 million adults in the US experienced serious mental illness (SMI) in 2017.
  • Nearly 1 in 25 adults live with a serious mental illness.
  • 60% of those living with serious mental illness do not receive treatment.
  • Almost 50% of teens in the US have a mental disorder.
  • Mental illness globally impacts 16% of adolescents.
  • 1 in 6 children in the US aged 2-8 years (17.4%) are diagnosed with a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.
  • Approximately 33% of people with chronic illness experience symptoms of depression.
  • Almost 33% of people experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.
  • Globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death of young people aged 15–19 years.
  • 50% of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
  • Almost half of adolescents with mental health issues do not receive any mental health services.
  • 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have a mental illness.

CAREGIVING

  • 4 in 10 people are caring for a loved one with significant health issues.
  • More than 65 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member.
  • 36% of family caregivers care for a parent or loved one over 50 years old.
  •  Family caregivers spend an average of 24.4 hours per week providing care.
    • Nearly 1 in 4 caregivers spends 41 hours or more per week providing care.
  •  1 in 7 caregivers provide care for special needs children.
  •  Caregivers have been in their role for an average of 4.6 year
  •  23% of family caregivers caring for loved ones for 5 years or more report their health is fair or poor.
  • 40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression with approximately a 25% to 50% of these caregivers meet the diagnostic criteria for major depression.
  • More than 2 in 10 (21%) of family caregivers report that caregiving has caused their physical health to deteriorate.

CHILDREN & TEENS

Chronic Illness

  • Chronic Illness affects 42% of children, Approximately 32 million children (aged 0-17 years) in the US.
  • An estimated 15-20% of children and teens have one or more chronic illnesses. Some require daily and lifelong medical treatment.
  • Approximately 50% of people affected by rare disease are children.
  • 30% of children with rare disease don’t see their fifth birthday. 

Mental Illness

  • Almost 50% of teens in the US have a mental disorder.
  • Mental illness globally impacts 16% of adolescents aged 10-19 years.
  • 1 in 6 U.S. children aged 2-8 years (17.4%) are diagnosed with a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.
  • Globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death of young people aged 15–19 years.
  • 50% of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
  • Almost half of adolescents with mental health issues do not receive any mental health services.

ANXIETY

Statistics are based on research from 2017 – National Institute of Mental Health

  • Approximately 19.1% of U.S. adults had an anxiety disorder in the past year.
  • Anxiety disorders are higher for females (23.4%) than for males (14.3%).
  • Approximately 31.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder during their lifetime.
  • Approximately 22% are seriously impaired.
  • Most people with an anxiety disorder are mildly impaired (43.5%).
  • An estimated 31.9% of adolescents have an anxiety disorder.
  • Among adolescents with an anxiety disorder, reportedly 8.3% had severe impairment.
  • Anxiety disorders among adolescents was higher for females (38.0%) than for males (26.1%).

DEPRESSION

Statistics are based on research from 2017 – National Institute of Mental Health

  • Approximately 17.3 million people 18 and older (7.1% of the adult U.S. population) have at least one episode of depression in any given year.
  • More adult females (8.7%) than males (5.3%) experience major depression.
  • 8% of adults diagnosed with major depression report severe impairment.
  • Prevalence of major depression is highest among young adults 18-25 years old (11.3%).
  • Among adults diagnosed with major depression, close to 80% will have episodes off and on for the remainder of their lives.
  • Among adolescents in the United States (ages 12-17), about 3.2 million (13.3%) have a major depressive episode in any given year.
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world.

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