Statistics Regarding Mental Health Issues in US Adults from the RTI Report

  • Posted at Sep 26, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
Statistics Regarding Mental Health Issues in US Adults from the RTI Report

RTI, a research institute that is a non-profit organization with headquarters in California, has published a study titled, Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study: Findings Report, which offers the latest statistics on the prevalence of distinct mental health disorders among adults in the United States. As a provider of mental health treatment for young adults in America, Yellowbrick believes it is part of our responsibility to educate our patients, their families, and the general public about mental health concerns our population faces so that more people can get the help they need.

More About the RTI Study

The RTI study reports a number of statistics regarding mental health issues including mood disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders, and more. The research project serves as an initial program supported by funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It also goes over treatment statistics and the impact of treatment on those who do get help. Statistics were pulled from interviewing 5,700 people who are between the ages of 18-65. These interviews were conducted between October 2020 and October 2022.

Some Mental Health Statistics Published in the RTI Report

Some of the mental health statistics published in the report include the following:

  • 1.8 percent of individuals had experienced schizophrenia spectrum disorders at some point in their lifetime.
  • 1.2 percent of individuals experienced one or more of the symptom criteria for diagnosis of schizophrenia in the previous 12 months.
  • The most commonly experienced mental health disorders for adults in the US are depressive and anxiety disorders – and the prevalence of these disorders was higher than other, previously published studies, suggesting that these disorders are becoming more common.
  • 6.7% of individuals showcase at least one symptom of alcohol use disorder, which was the most commonly experienced substance use disorder in this study.
  • Over 25% of individuals had more than one mental health disorder.
  • Over 10% of individuals had more than one substance use disorder.
  • 5.5% of individuals had concurring mental health disorders and substance use disorders.

Treatment-Based Statistics

  • Under 61% of individuals living with a mental health issue received treatment in the previous 12 months.
  • Under 13% of individuals living with a substance use disorder received treatment in the previous 12 months.

Getting Help as a Young Adult with Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders

If you find yourself one of these statistics, help is available and effective for people like you. You don’t have to experience it alone and you don’t have to suffer from the symptoms forever. Yellowbrick offers specialized treatment and care for young adults who are struggling with the impacts of both mental health disorders and substance use disorders. Find out more about our programs and services on our website to learn more about how we can help.

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