Editorial: Enduring Mental Health: The High Lifetime Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorder and Emerging Science of Persistent Mental Wellness

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Abstract

Just how common are "common" mental health problems? For much of the 20 th century, psychiatric research and the US health care system seemed to proceed under the assumption that the answer is "not very." It was not until the early 1990s that the United States conducted its first nation-wide survey of mental health problems, the National Comorbidity Survey, which revealed that about half of all adult participants had experienced at least one diagnosable psychiatric disorder in their lifetime, and close to 1 in 3 participants had met criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis in the past 12 months. 1 Subsequent longitudinal studies showed that these estimates-although initially surprising-were still too low, and that, with repeated assessments over long follow-up periods, the proportion of people who report at least 1 diagnosable brush with a psychiatric disorder can exceed 80%. 2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)955-957
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume60
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Schaefer's efforts were supported in part by the National Institute of Mental Health (T32MH015755). The content is solely the responsibility of Dr. Schaefer and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. Disclosure: Dr. Schaefer has reported no biomedical financial interests or potential conflicts of interest.

Funding Information:
Dr. Schaefer’s efforts were supported in part by the National Institute of Mental Health ( T32MH015755 ). The content is solely the responsibility of Dr. Schaefer and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Comorbidity
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Mental Disorders/epidemiology
  • Mental Health
  • Prevalence
  • United States/epidemiology

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Editorial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Comment

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