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The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse Report: Treatment Among Adults with Serious Mental Illness
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The 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) included questions for adults aged 18 or older to assess serious mental illness (SMI) during the year prior to the survey interview. For these estimates, SMI is defined as having a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that met criteria in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) and that resulted in functional impairment that substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities.

Adults also were asked about their experiences with mental health treatment. Treatment is defined as the receipt of treatment or counseling for any problem with emotions, nerves, or mental health in the 12 months prior to interview in any inpatient or outpatient setting, or the use of prescription medication for treatment of a mental or emotional condition. Treatment for only a substance abuse problem is not included. In addition, adults were asked whether there was any time during past 12 months when they needed mental health treatment or counseling for themselves but did not receive it, hereinafter referred to as “unmet treatment need.” In this report we will be presenting unmet treatment need separately for persons who received treatment in the past year and those who did not receive treatment. Respondents also were asked about the highest grade or year of school they had completed, as well as their employment status (SAMHSA).
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