29 October 2013 By: Judith L. Teich, MSW, Behavioral Research Scientist
Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality
SAMHSA’s new publication, Behavioral Health, United States, 2012, provides in-depth information about the behavioral health (mental and/or substance use disorders) of the nation. Drawing on 40 different data sources, this publication includes national and state-level trends in private and public sector behavioral health services, costs, and clients.
The report reveals that from 2010-2011 over 41 million U.S. adults had a mental illness that affected their ability to conduct daily activities. It is important for medical practitioners, researchers, school systems, parents, and the general... Continue reading →
Post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other mental illnesses accounted for more days spent by troops in the hospital than any other medical condition in the military in 2012, including war wounds, injuries and illness, according to Pentagon data.
The numbers show how years of exposure to combat trauma created a core of servicemembers with severe mental health problems — about 20,000 last year — who accounted for more lost workdays than those with any other health issue.