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Mental Health and Substance Abuse (continued)
Treatment: Degree of Helpfulness of Mental Health Care
Both timeliness and responsiveness to patient needs are important, especially when dealing with depression and potential suicides. In 2002, 48% of the adults age 18 or older who likely had a mental disorder received some kind of mental health treatment (counseling, inpatient, outpatient, and/or prescription medications, from any public or private source) in the past year.
Figure 2.23. Degree of helpfulness of mental health treatment in the past year, by gender and likelihood of having a mental disorder, 2002
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Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2002.
Reference population: U.S. population age 18 and older who received mental health treatment.
Notes: Treatment is defined as having counseling, inpatient care, outpatient care, or prescription medications for problems with emotions, anxiety, or mental health and does not include alcohol or drug treatment. Degree of helpfulness is determined by response to the following question asked of those who received mental health treatment"How much did the counseling or medicine improve your ability to manage daily activities like those asked about in the previous questions?" Daily activities included controlling emotions around people, thinking clearly, being able to concentrate on something important, going out of the house and getting around on your own, and taking care of your daily responsibilities at work, school, or at home as well as washing, dressing and feeding yourself on your own. Likelihood of having a mental disorder is defined as having reported a high level of distress in the past year due to any type of mental problem, which may include general symptoms related to phobia, anxiety, or depression.
- Of the 27 million people in total who received mental health treatment in 2002, 58.7% reported that their treatment was a great help (Figure 2.23).
- Great help from mental health treatment was less likely to be reported by men compared with women and by adults with a likelihood of having a mental disorder compared with adults unlikely to have a mental disorder.
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