· A hereditary psychiatric brain disorder—or mental illness—includes disorders such as major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
· These disorders are real medical illnesses—diseases—more common than heart disease or cancer.
· Most of them are passed on through families—hereditary—and can not be prevented.
· They are not the fault of the individual who was born with it.
· They affect everyone with no regard for income, intelligence, or race.
· They can involve cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal impairments. They can severely limit insight. Those immediately suffering from untreated disorders can seem scary and strange.
· 90 percent of these disorders can be treated and managed and individuals can re-establish their lives.