Mental Health of Children and Adults in the United States: Select Surveillance Efforts and Data

George H. Jackson (Editor)

Series: Mental Illnesses and Treatments, Public Health in the 21st Century
BISAC: MED102000



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Mental disorders among children are described as “serious deviations from expected cognitive, social, and emotional development”. These disorders are an important public health issue in the United States because of their prevalence, early onset, and impact on the child, family, and community, with an estimated total annual cost of $247 billion. A total of 13%–20% of children living in the United States experience a mental disorder in a given year, and surveillance during 1994–2011 has shown the prevalence of these conditions to be increasing. Mental illnesses account for a larger proportion of disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. In 2004, an estimated 25% of adults in the United States reported having a mental illness in the previous year.

The economic cost of mental illness in the United States is substantial, approximately $300 billion in 2002. Population surveys and surveys of health-care use measure the occurrence of mental illness, associated risk behaviors (e.g., alcohol and drug abuse) and chronic conditions, and use of mental health–related care and clinical services. This book summarizes data from selected CDC surveillance systems that measure the prevalence and impact of mental illness in the U.S. child and adult populations. (Imprint: Novinka )


Mental Health Surveillance Among Children — United States, 2005-2011
(Ruth Perou, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Stephen J. Blumberg, Patricia Pastor, Reem M. Ghandour, Joseph C. Gfroerer, Sarra L. Hedden, Alex E. Crosby, Susanna N. Visser, Laura A. Schieve, Sharyn E. Parks, Jeffrey E. Hall, Debra Brody, Catherine M. Simile, William W. Thompson, Jon Baio, Shelli Avenevoli, Michael D. Kogan, Larke N. Huang, Division of Human Development and Disability, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and others)

Mental Illness Surveillance Among Adults in the United States
(William C. Reeves, Tara W. Strine, Laura A. Pratt, William Thompson, Indu Ahluwalia, Satvinder S. Dhingra, Lela R. McKnight-Eily, Leslie Harrison, Denise V. D’Angelo, Letitia Williams, Brian Morrow, Deborah Gould, Marc A. Safran, Public Health Surveillance Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and others)


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