"It's 2017 and mental illness is still stigmatized. Yes, more people are talking about it, but there's still an idea that common mental health issues like anxiety or depression mean there's something inherently wrong with you that needs fixing. In reality, having any kind of mental illness doesn't mean there's something wrong about you any more than catching the common cold -- it's something that happens to most of us at one time or another. Now there's research to back that up.
According to a study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, researchers found that the vast majority of people will have some kind of mental disorder at some point in their lives. In an explanation of the study for Scientific American, researcher Aaron Reuben explains that it's not having a mental illness that's abnormal or strange, it's actually not having one that makes you stand out.
"Put another way, our study shows that you are more likely to experience a bout of mental illness than you are to develop diabetes, heart disease or any kind of cancer whatsoever--combined," Aaron wrote."
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