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1 In 5 U.S. Adults Had Mental Illness

1 In 5 U.S. Adults Had Mental Illness

ROCKVILLE, Md. (UPI) — Last year, one in five U.S. adults age 18 and older, or 46 million people, had a mental illness, U.S. health officials said.

Pamela S. Hyde, administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said mental illness among adults was defined as having had a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder — excluding developmental and substance use disorders — based on criteria specified in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

“Although mental illness remains a serious public health issue, increasingly we know that people who experience it can be successfully treated and can live full, productive lives,” Hyde said in a statement. “Like other medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, the key to recovery is identifying the problem and taking active measures to treat it as soon as possible.”

The report said among adults with mental illness in the past year, about four in 10 received mental health services. However, among those who had serious mental illness in the past year, the rate of treatment was notably higher at six in 10 adults.

The report also noted that an estimated 8.5 million U.S. adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year — among them 2.4 million made suicide plans and 1.1 million attempted suicide.

Those in crisis or knowing someone they believe may be at immediate risk of attempting suicide are urged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or go to http:/ The Suicide Prevention Lifeline network, funded by SAMHSA, provides immediate free and confidential around-the-clock crisis counseling to anyone in need throughout the country, every day of the year.

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  • phil

    why not list the forms of “mental illnesses” in the order of their prominence?

  • rendarsmith

    What? They’re surprised? The nuclear family in America has been destroyed, Americans have lost their family-values that have been replaced with materialism and individualism and people are surprised that so many Americans are mentally ill? As long as big pharma can keep dishing out those anti-depressants….

    • Robert Smith

      “The nuclear family in America has been destroyed”

      Part f that is because corporations move folks around. It isolates folks and bonds them to the company rather than their biological families.

      There used to be three or four generations in a household and folks sat around the dinner table most nights. That was a good thing.

      Now with the middle class being crushed folks are still at work or on their way to a part time gig after their regular day. Both mom and dad have to work. It’s sad how the right has gutted the American middle class.


      • Commandersu

        It wasn’t the “Right”, it was the quest for more material goods and technology. People who are receiving financial aid are buying $150 sneakers, and top of the line electronics, and there or people stealing smart phones, and other electronics, instead of buying basic needs items. Also, the “Socialist” attitude and Ahtiests fight against religion has helped destroy the morality of our society. When one believes there will be no consequences for his actions, ALL actions (stealing, murder, disrespect for others, etc) are acceptable to that person. Don’t blame the “right” of Conservatives, blame the greed of men and the “liberals/Socialists” who in their efforts to make everyone “equal” have lower the moral bar of society. Granted, the “Right” has abused the greed part also, but they also are the inovators to products and ideas. When someone who is at the lower end of the scale rases to the top, they embrace the attitudes of those around them.

      • Gary L

        Yeah, right. The right has gutted the gutted the middle class. The left is fixing everything by teaching everyone that all they need to do is set at home and collect a check.
        The rest of us are mentally ill for allowing that kind of behavior.

      • Commandersu

        sorry about some of the misspellings, early in the morning and fingers aren’t working yet.

      • Sol of Texas

        I may not understand the left/right-wing distinction.They are both authoritarians.

        I think of left-wing as international socialists. I see right-wing as national socialists.

        In my view, there are left and right-wingers in both major political parties in the US.

      • momo

        Sounds like Smith has been watching re-runs of the Waltons again.

      • Robert Smith


        And the Waltons are a bad thing?


      • Bill

        There you go again, Robert. Spouting off comments that are based on your political bias and not fact.

        The middle class is devastated because your progressive movement is anti business and have implemented policies that will keep the economy from flourishing.

        You should learn what works economically and what doesn’t. It has nothing to do with politics. John Kennedy reduced taxes and created the economic boom of the 60′s and Richard Nixon implemented wage and price controls which was a pretty dumb idea.

        You are not focused on economic facts, you are focused on political bias and you make up stories to go with it

        You know, I have a bridge I would like to sell you

      • Dale left coast

        1 in 5 . . . isn’t that about the same number of “lieberals” in the USA . . . just sayin ! ! !
        What destroyed the American family? Hollyweird, the dimmicraps and big government.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Bill says: “There you go again, Robert. Spouting off comments that are based on your political bias and not fact. John Kennedy reduced taxes and created the economic boom of the 60′s”

        May I suggest that you are guilty of doing exactly what you accuse Robert of doing? JFK did indeed want to lower taxes as a stimulus to the economy and it ultimately did work. Of course, JFK was in his grave when LBJ finally got it done in 1964 so JFK reduced nothing and created nothing. A small clip from the JFK Library for your “enrichment”:

        “The president finally decided that only a bold domestic program, including tax cuts, would restore his political momentum. Declaring that the absence of recession is not tantamount to economic growth, the president proposed in 1963 to cut income taxes from a range of 20-91% to 14-65% He also proposed a cut in the corporate tax rate from 52% to 47%”.

        “Ironically, economic growth expanded in 1963, and Republicans and conservative Democrats in Congress insisted that reducing taxes without corresponding spending cuts was unacceptable. Kennedy disagreed, arguing that “a rising tide lifts all boats” and that strong economic growth would not continue without lower taxes”.

        You may have to read that several times to see the irony and really understand it, but looking at the tax rates and JFK’s projected cuts, you MIGHT notice that things were far different back then and yet the same in some ways. JFK wanted to ensure the prosperity of ALL Americans. As opposed to what we see today—the catering to the 1% and the greedy rich.

        Let me remind you of something you said just this morning: Bill said: “There is an old saying that applie(s) to you: “If you keep your mouth shut, they just think you are stupid. If you open your mouth, they will know you are stupid”.

      • duane

        I think that all of the people who voted for obummer can be considered mentally ill. It is apparent that these people are already on prozac or whatever type of drug that is used to create a zombie society of which you and eddie are a part of.

        • tlgeer

          “I think that all of the people who voted for obummer can be considered mentally ill. It is apparent that these people are already on prozac or whatever type of drug that is used to create a zombie society of which you and eddie are a part of.”

          Why? Because they didn’t agree with your point of view? Sorry, that doesn’t make it a mental health issue. It just means that they don’t agree with you. Nothing more.

  • Cynthia

    My daughter recently informed me that I fit the criteria of being mentally ill because I am a lifelong nail biter. The medical community has now defined nail biting as an obsessive/compulsive disorder, and they have a drug that will cure it! Come on people! I guess I will be one of the 6 in 10 untreated mentally ill people, and still go on to lead a long productive life.
    According to the medical community, most profession athletes are technically obese, pre-diabetes is now an actual diagnosis, and nail biting is a mental illness. Obamacare considers each of these a preexisting condition that will limit your eligibility for certain types of health care. I don’t believe this is accidental.

    • Chester

      Cynthia, all those were actual diagnoses long before Obamacare was a gleam in Hilary Clinton’s eye. Perhaps you should seek a bit of mental health treatment yourself, instead of trying to tell the rest of us what is or isn’t wrong with us. And yes, according to bmi standards, most muscular people do fit the technically obese standard, simply because muscle is heavier than the equivalent volume of fat.

  • Dad

    This re-engineered society is not working… duh!

  • dan

    the crux of the ‘ass’titistic (statistic pulled out of ones,er ,derriere) is in the assumption that thinking (about suicide) doth make it so. When thinking or contemplating an alternative,
    no matter that it is untenable, is equated with action….then Orwell’s (1984) THOUGHTCRIME
    has become societies tool to criminalize us all.

  • mw Ferguson

    The list of “official disorders” is a bit alarming, actually. It doesn’t take much for a person to be labeled that way – beware of the rights you could lose because of that! Just a few of the sillier and or alarmingly-vague-or-normal (albeit still actual diagosable) so-called “mental disorders” include: bereavement, ‘adverse effects of medication-not otherwise specified’, caffeine-induced sleep disorder, ‘conduct disorder’, ‘insomnia due to a general medical condition’, ‘mood episode’, Mathematics disorder, neglect of child, nicotine withdrawal, ‘occupational problem’,’pain disorder’, parent-child relational problem, primary insomnia, premature ejaculation, ‘sleep disorder’, sleepwalking, stuttering, specific phobia, ‘shift-work disorder’ (that’s when you’re tired because you work at night. and the list goes on. The ‘bible’ of mental disorders is huge and growing every day. Now, here’s the unnerving part – I’ve lost count of how many times politicians and busy-body know-it-all activists have attempted to limit other people’s rights/liberties, through legislation that would claim a ‘mental disorder’ necessitates it. This is beyond a ‘slippery slope’, folks… it’s a greased laundry-chute!

    • tlgeer

      None of these are for short term, less than six months, problems. None of these. About the bereavement issue, If you are still experiencing the same heavy bereavement issues six months after the death then you need help. It could be “talk” therapy, “group” therapy and/or meds. All of those really do help, but not for everyone.

      And before anyone starts in on how I don’t know what I’m talking about, I do. Very, very well. In 2000, both my Dad and my live-in boyfriend dies within 2 1/2 weeks of each other. To say that I didn’t handle it well would be an understatement.

      Then six years ago, less than a month after his 26th birthday, my older son died in rural Nevada. They went through a guard rail into a canyon. My son was killed “on impact” (that phrase gave me nightmares for a long time), his gf was still alive, but my unborn granddaughter had already died, by the time that the accident was discovered. It took us 1 1/2 weeks to get his body back so that we could bury him.

      A few months after that, thinking that I was doing well, I laid down to sleep in our old rv (tht we were moving out of) instead of sleeping in the one that we had bought (not quite as old) with a storm, a bad storm, moving in. This rv was under a tree, the one we had just bought wasn’t. My thinking was that if the tree came down, and crushed the rv, at least I would see my son again.

      When I woke up the next morning, I was horrified that I had chosen to, basically, flip a coin as to whether I lived or not. I got myself into counseling. I had attempted suicide in early 2001, after the deaths, and I really didn’t want to do that to myself, or my family, again. Two years ago my med doc asked me, as she did every month when I went in to see her, if I had had any suicidal thoughts or ideations (sp) in the last month. Looking back to the last month I realized that I hadn’t. It was the first time since I was 7 years old that I hadn’t had any. I’ve continued my meds and have been trying to limit being in my “cave” (the rv) because that’s not healthy either (not going outside or not wanting to see other people).

      I guess what I’m trying to say is that don’t take what the DMSI says unless you have felt what it encompasses. Because you have no idea.

      And, yes, biting your nails is a Compulsive Disorder. And you have been doing it for years. Go see a counselor and talk to him/her. A lot of times all you need is to talk to someone who is impartial.

  • Sol of Texas

    Legalized drug addiction has not made individuals or the nation better in any way. It’s an obvious self-indictment of the mental health “profession”.

  • Bill

    Pamela Hyde is just a shill for the drug companies trying to sell more drugs

    I was talking to my friend from Korea. And he said in the Korean schools they do not know what ADD is. They have discipline instead

    Another example of a goverment official being bought and paid for and promoting a false study

    They created a false study to support statin drugs and now they are billion dollar drugs wrought with side effects. If you are concerned about lowering your collestral, a gluten free, paleo diet with high doses of vitamin b complex will make it drop like a stone. But that is too hard compared to changing your unhealthy lifestyle and taking a magic pill

  • Viet Nam Vet 67-68

    That surely dosen’t stand true in D.C. where all have Mental Illness. Viet Nam Vet 67-68

  • http://personallibertydigest gottaplenty

    What a mass of idiots… the last election proved 0ver 47 % are mentally ill …that is a bit more than 1 in 5. And the worst of them is running the assylum from D.C. Why cant the libs ever own up to facts

  • Pissed Off Gun Owner

    I think 1 in 5 is a little low, otherwise a kenyan wouldn’t be contaminating the White House.

    • tlgeer

      “I think 1 in 5 is a little low, otherwise a kenyan wouldn’t be contaminating the White House.”

      A Kenyan isn’t. Obama is a US citizen, and has been since the day he was born in Hawaii.

      • http://personallibertydigest gottaplenty

        Proven to be born in Hawaii? Pay attention to whats going on idiot. His constant lying and phony berth cert , wont release any of his lying ass records etc, what else do you idiots need to help cover for that sorry bastard. That is just the reason he is in office , so many of his kind out there..

  • Jimbo

    I estimate that right now, in this time of my life, I have 25 co-workers and bosses, 20 friends, and a handful of family members I interact with every week. I only know of two who are a little bit “off”. But I would hardly call them mentally ill. So either I am mentally ill and don’t know it, or the study isn’t representative of my community, or the people who did this study are bonkers. I’m leaning towards the last conclusion.




  • 45caliber

    According to the psychiatrists, all of us do. We just don’t go in to have them treat us.


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