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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Treatment: Reported Help From Mental Disorder Treatment

Self-reporting of help from treatment for mental disorders is a good measure of the effectiveness of treatment.

Figure 2.15. Adults reporting great help from treatment for their mental disorder, by race, ethnicity, and education, 2002

Figure 2.15. Adults reporting great help from treatment for their mental disorder, by race, ethnicity, and education, 2002

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Source: SAMHSA, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2002.

Reference population: U.S. population age 18 and older who received mental health treatment.

Notes: Mental health treatment is defined as having counseling, inpatient care, outpatient care, or prescription medications for problems with emotions, nerves, or mental health and does not include alcohol or drug treatment. Great help from mental health treatment is defined as respondents answering "a lot" and/or "a great deal" 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.

  • Of the 27 million people in 2002 who received treatment for mental disorders, 59% reported that their treatment provided great help (Figure 2.15).
  • Adults who did not complete their high school education are less likely to report receiving great help from their mental disorder treatment than adults with any college education. Racial and ethnic differences were not significant.



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