Aug 31, 2018
By Valerie Massie
Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem and by the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have—or have had—a mental illness. This, according to CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). The terms “mental illness” and “addiction” refer to a wide range of disorders that affect mood, thinking and behaviour. Examples include depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia, as well as substance abuse disorders and problem gambling. Men have higher rates of addiction than women, while women have higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders. Mental illness and addiction can be associated with distress and/or impairment of functioning. Symptoms vary from mild to severe. But, with appropriate treatment and support, most people will recover. Our trusted contributor from the Ontario Pharmacists Association, Dean Miller stops by to tell us how our pharmacist can help.