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Mental Health

Mental disorders are common in the United States.

  • In the U.S., about one in four adults and one in five children have diagnosable mental disorders (National Institute of Mental Health) External Web Site Icon.
  • Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability among ages 15-44 in the United States and Canada combined (National Institute of Mental Health) External Web Site Icon.
  • The cost of lost earnings alone due to major mental disorders in the United States is around $193 billion each year (Kessler et al., 2008).
Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings to improve mental health or address mental illness can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Kessler, RC, Heeringa S, Lakoma MD, Petukhova M, Rupp AE, Schoenbaum M, Wang PS, Zaslavsky AM. The individual-level and societal-level effects of mental disorders on earnings in the United States: results from the National Comorbidity Survey replication. American Journal of Psychiatry 2008;165:703-11.

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