Nearly 1 in 5 US adults suffered mental illness


January 20, 2012 4:46:03 AM PST
Nearly 1 in 5 adults have suffered a mental illness in the U.S., but a lack of insurance blocks many from treatment.

Almost 30 percent of those ages 18 to 25 experienced a mental illness, twice as many as those ages 50 and older, at just over 14 percent.

More women than men suffered a mental illness last year.

The economic downturn may be a factor for some, but there are also other factors including genetics, biological issues, as well as social and personal issues.

The report defines mental illness as having a mental, behavioral or emotional problem based on the psychiatric manual.