Stats and Facts
By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have – or have had – a mental illness.
- smetanin et al. (2011). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada:
People with mental illness and addictions are more likely to die prematurely than the general population. Mental illness can cut 10 to 20 years from a person’s life expectancy.
- Chesney, Goodwin and Fazel (2014).
1 in 5 Canadians will experience depression in their lifetime.
If you suffer from depression, your likelihood of experiencing a heart attack is four terms greater than an person who is not.
80% of people who are depressed respond well to treatment.
90% of people who are depressed never seek treatment.
Depression often manifests itself differently based on sex and age. In men it manifests often as tiredness, irritability, and anger. They may show more reckless behaviour and abuse drugs and alcohol. Men also tend to not recognize that they are depressed and fail to seek help. In women depression tends to manifest as sadness, worthlessness, and guilt. In younger children depression is more likely to manifest as school refusal, anxiety when separated from parents, and worry about parents dying. Depressed teenagers tend to be irritable, sulky, and get into trouble in school. They also frequently have co-morbid anxiety, eating disorders, or substance abuse. In older adults depression may manifest more subtly as they tend to be less likely to admit to feelings of sadness or grief. - Anxiety and Depression Association of America
"Depression" as a search term on Google:
Anxiety disorder is the most common mental illness in Canada, and affects 9% of men and 16% of woman in any given year.
Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
It's not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 37% of those suffering receive treatment.
"Anxiety" as a search term in Google: