I'm almost fifty, a nurse for 25 years, and have lived through the plateaus and the lows of the illness called Depression. Having worked in healthcare, I know disease affects the entire body, soul and spirit, and it's still taboo to talk about mental illness. Well, I'm talking about it personally and with some clinical knowledge, hoping it helps me and maybe someone else out there!
Just over 45 million adults in America, 19.9% of them, have had a mental illness over the last year, and one fifth of them have a substance abuse disorder, according to a survey carried out by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
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