A new survey of mental illness in the United States indicates that mental
illnesses tend to strike early in life and delays in treatment leave affected
individuals vulnerable to debilitating symptoms during their most productive
Half of all individuals who have a mental illness during their lifetime
report that the onset of disease occurred by age 14 years and three fourths
by age 24 years, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Comorbidity Survey Replication. The nationally representative, face-to-face
household survey of more than 9000 individuals aged 18 years or older, conducted
between February 2001 and April 2003, is a follow-up to the 1990 National
Comorbidity Study. Four articles detailing the latest findings were published
in the June issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.
Kuehn BM. Mental Illness Takes Heavy Toll on Youth. JAMA. 2005;294(3):293–295. doi:10.1001/jama.294.3.293
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