Substance Use and Mental Health Data
New 2013 NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health) results show 24.6 million persons aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users; including 2.2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17. In 2013, about 1 in 10 adolescents (10.7 percent) had a major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year and nearly 1 in 5 adults aged 18 or older (18.5 percent) had a mental illness.
Mental Health Care
Mental disorders are classified as a psychological condition marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, and emotions to seriously impair the normal psychological and often social functioning of the individual.
Individuals diagnosed with mental disorders are typically deemed unable to function in society. Mental disorders occasionally consist of a combination of affective, behavioral, cognitive and perceptual components.
The psychiatric problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, or frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing "voices." Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness and hopelessness or anxious feelings that never seem to lift, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.