A new national report reveals that 45.9 million American adults aged 18 or older, or 20 percent of this age group, experienced mental illness in the past year. The rate of mental illness was more than twice as high among those aged 18 to 25 (29.9 percent) than among those aged 50 and older (14.3 percent). Adult women were also more likely than men to have experienced mental illness in the past year (23 percent versus 16.8 percent).
According to the report, rates for substance dependence were far higher for those who had experienced either any mental illness or serious mental illness than for the adult population which had not experienced mental illness in the past year. Adults experiencing any mental illness in the past year were more than three times as likely to have met the criteria for substance dependence or abuse in that period than those who had not experienced mental illness in the past year (20 percent versus 6.1 percent).
The SAMHSA press release can be accessed at: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1201185326.aspx
The complete survey findings from this report are available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2k10MH_Findings/
Source: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – January 19, 2012