Nearly 46 million American adults have had a mental illness before year, a
new authorities report shows.
A mental was experienced by almost 30 percent of the aged 18 to 25
Sickness, twice as many as those aged 50 and older at just over 14
percent. And more women than men suffered a mental illness in the past year (23
percent vs. nearly 17 percent), according to the report released Thursday from
the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
“We all know individuals who have had a depression or an anxiety disorder, maybe
It is a fairly huge, although something more serious just like a bipolar disorder
Amount,” said Peter Delany, director of SAMHSA’s Office of Applied
“This is just the second year where we’ve done this as a
Individual report as well as the findings are not significantly different from last
year,” Delany noted, so there aren’t enough data to see a trend.
The reasons why so lots of people are suffering from these problems
cannot be easily summed up, he explained.
The recent economic slowdown may be a factor for some, he explained.
“But these illnesses are multifactorial — there are genetic
Problems, there are biological issues, there are social dilemmas as well as private
issuers,” Delany described.
Plenty of those who will not be getting treatment for his or her mental
Sickness, he said, mention deficiency
of insurance as the major reason why.
“There are individuals who understand they have a mental health difficulty,
but are not interested in getting care,” he added.
“We know with the correct utilization of medication and with good
Treatment people go on to lead very healthy and productive and can recover
lives,” Delany said.
The brand new report defines mental illness as having a mental,
Behavioral or emotional problem predicated on criteria in the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is the standard reference for
mental illness. The report excluded developmental and substance use illnesses.
According to the report, some 11.4 million adults suffered
serious mental illness before year, which is understood to be an illness that
Changed a person’s ability to work normally.
Mental illness does not merely influence individuals, but also an
economic cost — about $300 billion in 2002, the researchers said.
Mental illness additionally accounts for more handicap in developed
countries than just about any other sickness, including cancer and cardiovascular disease, according
to the World Health Organization.
Highlights of the report contain:
- Mental health services were received by about 39 percent of those having a mental illness.
- Nearly 61 percent of people that have acute mental illness received services.
- 8.7 million Americans had suicidal thoughts in the last year.
- 2.5 million made plans to kill themselves.
- 1.1 million attempted suicide.
- People who abuse drugs or alcohol had higher rates of mental illness than others (20 percent vs. about 6 percent).
- One fourth of people that have serious mental illness
- 1.9 million 12- to 17-year-olds had a major depression in the past year.
- Teens enduring depression were twice as likely to have a drug problem than adolescents who didn’t possess a major depression (approximately 37 percent vs. 18 percent).
Dr. Ihsan Salloum, director of the Addiction Psychiatry and
Psychiatric Comorbidity Programs in the University of Miami School of Medicine,
said not only is the number of people who have mental difficulties staggering, but so
Is the unmet requirement for !
“There’s a disparity between the demand and exactly how many people reach
treatment,” he said. “Mental illness is a treatable problem, and the
Consequence is nearly as good as any recurring medical issue.”
Given the amount of people with substance
and alcohol problems who also have mental issues, individuals with a
Substance abuse issue should likewise be screened for a mental issue, Salloum
“If someone has a severe mental disorder and an addiction, it
is crucial to take care of both issues, since the two difficulties feed on
each other causing a bad outcome,” he said.
And with all the number of young people with these issues, the focus
should be on prevention, Salloum included.