January 19, 2012
One In Five Adults Suffered Mental Illness In 2010
According to a survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one in five adults in the U.S. suffered a mental illness in 2010.
The government report released on Thursday showed that women are more likely than men to have experienced a mental illness.
The survey defined mental illness among adults as diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorders.
It found that 5 percent of the 67,500 Americans surveyed in 2010 had suffered a serious mental illness in the past.
About 8.7 million American adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, and 2.5 million made plans to take their own life.
The survey also found that Americans suffering mental illnesses were three times more likely to have developed substance dependence or substance abuse disorders than adults who had not experienced mental illness.
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