By Aaron Reuben & Jonathan Schaefer
July 14, 2017
Most of us know at least one person who has struggled with a bout of
debilitating mental illness. Despite their familiarity, however, these kinds
of episodes are typically considered unusual, and even shameful.
New research, from our lab and from others around the world, however,
suggests mental illnesses are so common that almost everyone will develop at
least one diagnosable mental disorder at some point in their lives. Most of
these people will never receive treatment, and their relationships, job
performance and life satisfaction will likely suffer. Meanwhile the few
individuals who never seem to develop a disorder may offer psychology a new
avenue of study, allowing researchers to ask what it takes to be abnormally,
enduringly, mentally well.