Report: Five Percent of Americans Are Severely Mentally Ill

By:  R. Cort Kirkwood
01/23/2012
       
Report: Five Percent of Americans Are Severely Mentally Ill

Five percent of Americans are severely mentally ill, a new report from the federal government says, while about 20 percent suffer some sort of mental illness annually.  The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has again found that tens of millions of Americans are, in a word, crazy, and that women are crazier than men.

 

Five percent of Americans are severely mentally ill, a new report from the federal government says, while about 20 percent suffer some sort of mental illness annually.  The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has again found that tens of millions of Americans are, in a word, crazy, and that women are crazier than men.

The study also found that drug and alcohol abuse was higher among the mentally ill.

Results of Survey
The number of mentally ill Americans is shocking if the federal statistics paint a true picture.  According to SAMHSA, “In 2010, there were an estimated 45.9 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with any mental illness (AMI) in the past year. This represents 20.0 percent of all adults in this country."

But more shocking is the number of Americans with serious mental illness. That figure is five percent, or 11.4 milllion adults.

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