Statistics from John Hopkins Institute tell us that 26% of Americans suffer from diagnosable mental disorders.  That is one in every four adults. And this percentage only includes Americans aged 18 and above. There are many juveniles who also suffer from diagnosable mental disorders but aren’t included in these statistics.
I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in my teens. I struggled with it for many years in silence and isolation before my diagnosis. There came a point where my only interaction was with my cable internet plan. No human contact, no social contact, no nothing. I was constantly anxious when among people.
Eventually, through a mix of medication and talk therapy, I managed to bring some stability to my life.
But my struggles with depression and anxiety are not the purpose of this post. The effects of undiagnosed disorders are.