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More Than 300 New Medicines Being Developed for Mental Illnesses
Date:7/24/2008

ogress, mental illness continues to exact a heavy human and economic toll in this country. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the total cost (direct and indirect) of treating mental illnesses in the United States is $205 billion a year.

Included in the report's new medicines in the research pipeline are: 66 medicines for depression, which affects nearly 21 million Americans; 26 medicines for addictive disorders, including dependence on alcohol, tobacco or illicit drugs; 54 medicines for anxiety disorders, which affect more than 40 million adults ages 18 and older; 89 for dementias, including Alzheimer's disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans; and 45 for schizophrenia, which strikes some 2.4 million adults each year.

"Patients and healthcare providers need to know that there are many new, potential options out there that could allow them a better quality of life," said Pantoliano. "Instead of suffering in silence and isolating themselves, as I did for many years, I encourage everyone with a mental illness -- or who thinks they may have a mental illness -- to find out what the options are and seek treatment. People who are suffering need to know that there is hope."

Joey Pantoliano is one of the best-known character actors in Hollywood, appearing in more than 100 movies and television shows. But he is probably best known for his critically acclaimed and Emmy award-winning performance as psychopathic mobster Ralphie Cifaretto on The Sopranos. His lengthy movie credits include Risky Business, The Matrix, The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals, Bad Boys, Empire of the Sun, Running Scared and The Goonies. In his most recent film, Canvas, Pantoliano plays a husband trying to hold his family together while his wife, portrayed by Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, battles schizophrenia. Making the film helped Pantoliano come to terms with his own depression, a condition he revealed he has been suffering from for more than a de
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