Helping News                                                  February, 2012   Issue 43

SAMHSA News Release…

A new national report reveals that 45.9 million American adults ages 18 or older, or 20% of this age group, experienced mental illness in the past year. The rate of mental illness was more than twice as high among those ages 18 to 25 (29.9%) than among those 50 and older (14.3%). Adult women were also more likely than men to have experienced mental illness in the past year (23% versus 16.8%). Mental illness among adults 18 or older is defined as having had a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder (excluding developmental and substance use disorders) in the past year, based on criteria specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

The Substance Abuse and 
Mental Health Services 
(SAMHSA) National 
Survey on Drug Use and 
Health also shows that
 11.4 million adults 
(5% of the adult 
population) suffered 
from serious mental 
illness in the past year.
 Serious mental illness 
is defined as one that 
resulted in serious 
functional impairment, which substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities.

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