By Aaron Reuben & Jonathan Schaefer

July 14, 2017

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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.