Alspach, Grif
August 2005
Critical Care Nurse;Aug2005, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p8
Academic Journal
This section comments on a study reported in a 2005 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry which revealed that in a given year one of every 4 people in the U.S. have some form of mental illness. Based on detailed, face-to-face interviews, a research team surveyed persons over the age of 18 years and randomly selected from 34 states to identify the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. This study, the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, is repeated each decade to monitor data in this area. Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental health problems experienced by adults. They are diagnosed when a person demonstrates fear and/or dread, as well as physical signs of anxiety, that are not appropriate to the situation, cannot be controlled, or interfere with normal functioning. Major depressive disorders represent the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and established economies worldwide. The median age of onset of lifetime mental health disorders is 11 years for anxiety and impulse-control disorders, 20 years for substance use, and 30 years for mood disorders. Survey findings revealed that most of those with mental health problems receive no treatment or poor treatment.


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