Serious mental illnesses, including major depression, are quite common. In fact, during 2013, there were over 43.8 million adults that was 18 years or older within the U.S. that had any mental illnesses within the year. That equals 18.5% of all adults within the country. In 2013, among the adults there were 10 million, or 4.2% that had serious mental illnesses, including major depression. The percentage rate of serious mental illness in adults during 2013 happened to be higher than the 3.7% in 2008, the 3.7% in 2009, and had similar percentages such as 4.1% in 2010, 3.9% in 2011, and 4.1% in 2012.
In 2013, the percentage rate of adults with any mental illness, including anxiety and other common disorders happened to be the highest in frequency at 21.5% for those who were age 26 to age 49, followed by the 19.4% of adults who were ages 18 to age 25, and 15.3% for those who were older than age 50. The percentage of adults in 2013 with serious mental illness was the highest at 5.3% for those who were age 26 to age 49, followed by 4.2% of those who were age 18 to age 25, and then 3.2% for those who were older than 50 years.
Women who were 18 years of age or older were more likely to have any mental illness at 22.3% than men who were at 14.4%, as well as women who were 18 years of age or older having serious mental illness at 4.9% than men who were at 3.5% in 2013.
It was estimated that 9.3 million, or 3.9% of adults who were 18 years of age or older had serious thoughts of suicide within 2013. The percentage of suicidal thoughts remained stable at 3.7% between 2008 and 2013. Among those who were ages 18 years or older, 1.1% or almost 3 million adults had suicidal thoughts and made a suicide plan within 2013 and 0.6% or 1.3 million adults had attempted suicide within the year.
Adults who were 18 years of age or older that had a substance abuse disorder were more likely to have serious thoughts of suicide at 11.4% than those who did not have a substance abuse issue or dependency (3.2%). Those adults with substance abuse disorders were also more likely to have suicide plans at 4.2% than those adults who did not have a substance dependency or abuse at 0.9% and were more likely to attempt suicide at 2.3% when compared to those who did not have substance dependence or abuse at 0.4%.
Within a twelve month period, 34.6 million adults or 14.6% who were 18 or older had received some sort of mental health care in 2013. The percentage and number was were similar to those in 2012 at 14.5% or 34.1 million adults. From 2002 to 2013, the annual percentage of adults that use outpatient mental health services within the past year decreased from 7.4% to 6.6%, and the percentage of those who use prescription medication for mental health issues increased from 10.5% to 12.5%. Among the 10.0 million adults that had a serious mental illness, 6.9 million of 68.5% received mental health services in 2013. It is clear that the majority of those any mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, do not receive needed treatment.
Because our treatment for depression relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods. The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders. In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of serious mental illnesses in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies. Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery. Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.