Mental Illness Among Adults in the US

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"In 2016, an estimated 44.7 million adults aged 18 or older had AMI [Any Mental Illness] in the past year (Figure 54). This number represents 18.3 percent of adults in the United States. An estimated 10.4 million adults in the nation had SMI [Serious Mental Illness] in the past year, and 34.3 million adults had AMI excluding SMI in the past year. The number of adults with SMI represents 4.2 percent of adults in 2016, and the number of adults with AMI excluding SMI represents 14.0 percent of adults. Among adults with AMI in the past year, 23.2 percent had SMI, and 76.8 percent did not have SMI.41,42
"In 2016, the percentages of adults with AMI and adults who had AMI excluding SMI were similar to the percentages from 2008 to 2015 (Figures 55 and 57). The percentage of adults in 2016 with SMI was similar to the percentages from 2010 to 2015 but higher than the percentages in 2008 and 2009 (Figure 56)."

(Note: According to SAMHSA, "Adults with AMI were defined as having any mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year that met DSM-IV criteria (excluding developmental disorders and SUDs).30 Adults with AMI were defined as having SMI if they had any mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities. AMI and SMI are not mutually exclusive categories; adults with SMI are included in estimates of adults with AMI. Adults with AMI who do not meet the criteria for having SMI are categorized as having AMI excluding SMI. This section includes past year estimates of adults with AMI, SMI, and AMI excluding SMI.40")

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 17-5044, NSDUH Series H-52). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, p. 36. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/
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