One out of 17 American adults and kids -- that's about 6 percent of Americans -- are dealing with a serious mental health condition, including major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and PTSD. Today, up to 90 percent of people living with mental illness can be significantly helped with a combination of things, including therapy and medications. But it wasn't always this way. How much do you know about how history has treated mental illness?
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