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What Is the Outlook for People with Mental Illness?

When diagnosed early and treated properly, many people fully recover from their mental illness or are able to successfully control their symptoms. Although some people become disabled because of a chronic or severe mental illness, many others are able to live full and productive lives. In fact, as many as 8 in 10 people suffering from a mental illness can effectively return to their normal activities if they receive appropriate treatment.

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SOURCE: National Institute of Mental Health web site: Mental illness statistics.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 14, 2012

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