Prevalence of Mental Illness in the United States: Data Sources and Estimates – Congressional Research Service – 28 February 2014

Posted on March 13, 2014. Filed under: Health Status, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Prevalence of Mental Illness in the United States: Data Sources and Estimates – Congressional Research Service – 28 February 2014

by Erin Bagalman, Analyst in Health Policy, Angela Napili, Information Research Specialist

Extract from the Summary:

“Determining how many people have a mental illness can be difficult, and prevalence estimates vary. While numerous surveys include questions related to mental illness, few provide prevalence estimates of diagnosable mental illness (e.g., major depressive disorder as opposed to feeling depressed, or generalized anxiety disorder as opposed to feeling anxious), and fewer still provide national prevalence estimates of diagnosable mental illness. This report briefly describes the methodology and results of three large surveys (funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) that provide national prevalence estimates of diagnosable mental illness : the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The NCS-R and the NCS-A have the advantage of identifying specific mental illnesses, but they are a decade old. The NSDUH does not identify specific mental illnesses, but it has the advantage of being conducted annually.”

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