Mental illness will strike half U.S. adults

CDC says: About half of U.S. adults will
develop a mental illness during their lifetime

ATLANTA – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are saying that 50% of U.S. adults will develop a mental illness during their lifetime.

Ileana Arias, principle deputy director of CDC, says a 2009 survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates that 11 million adults in the United States, 4.8 percent, suffered a diagnosable mental disorder that substantially interfered with, or limited one or more major life activities in the past year

“We know that mental illness is an important public health problem in itself and is also associated with chronic medical diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer,” Arias says in a statement. “The report’s findings indicate that we need to expand surveillance activities that monitor levels of mental illness in the United States in order to strengthen our prevention efforts.”

Approximately 8.4 million U.S. adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, 2.2 million made suicide plans and 1 million attempted suicide, the survey finds.


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5 Responses to Mental illness will strike half U.S. adults

  1. Leslie Parsley

    September 3, 2011 at 9:39 am

    “Mental illness” is still one of those topics people are uncomfortable with talking about – unlike religion.

  2. Collin Hinds

    September 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’m convinced that what passes as normal is mostly insane.

    • Dorothy Anderson

      September 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      I remembered something about the Ancient Greeks considering “divine madness” a gift. I looked it up, and found an interesting note:

      Plato called divine madness a gift from god. He identified four types of divine madness: prophecy, mystical rites, poetry and love of beauty. The concept was not originally his but existed in Greek thought for several hundreds of years prior to Plato’s time.

      Interesting perspective…

  3. John Myste

    September 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    The more things we define as mental illness, the crazier we become.

  4. lazersedge

    September 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Actually, I think that some form of mental illness is the norm. It is only a question of the severity.

    The only reason mental illness isn’t diagnosed more often is that people do not tell mental health professionals about their problems.