TIME (6/12, Tweeten) reports that almost “10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new government report on the nation’s behavioral ills.” That report also found that some “15.7 million Americans abuse alcohol and 7.7 million abuse illicit drugs.”
HealthDay (6/12, Reinberg) reports the study found “mental illness is a growing problem among adolescents.” In 2015, “three million teens from 12 to 17 had major depression,” with “the problem” being “particularly acute among girls, the researchers found.”
According to Healio (6/12, Oldt), Beth Han, MD, PhD, MPH, of SAMHSA, and colleagues arrived at these conclusions after analyzing data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services for 2015. The report, called the “Behavioral Health Barometer: United States,” can be downloaded here.
— “Teens Are Getting More Depressed But Using Fewer Drugs,”Lon Tweeten, TIME, June 12, 2017.