What’s the most common form of mental illness?
In a world where every day a young person faces the specter of a suicide attempt, the most commonly cited form of depression is anxiety, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The researchers, led by Dr. Robert R. Kagan, found that, among young adults, anxiety and depression are the most frequently diagnosed disorders, and that among young people with severe mental illnesses, anxiety is the most prevalent disorder.
“The research clearly shows that our understanding of what is and isn’t a serious mental disorder is shifting rapidly,” Dr. Kanczuk said in a press release.
The study found that about three-quarters of young adults with severe psychological disorders had severe anxiety, compared to about half of the general population.
And the number of young people diagnosed with depression rose dramatically, from about 12 percent in 2008 to more than 18 percent in 2016.
And there’s been a dramatic increase in the number diagnosed with severe psychiatric disorders in recent years, with diagnoses rising from 8 percent in 2007 to 18 percent by 2016.
There’s a lot of stigma surrounding mental health, and many people have trouble identifying the symptoms of a disorder, the researchers said.
The new study found significant disparities in how young people are diagnosed.
About half of young Americans diagnosed with mental disorders are older than 20 years old, compared with about one-third of the population overall.
In fact, about one in five young people over age 18 are under the age of 40.
And among those under the ages of 40, more than half are diagnosed with serious mental illnesses.
And while the most-common form of serious mental illness among young Americans is depression, that’s actually more common among people in their 20s and 30s.
The data showed that about a quarter of young adult depression is attributed to other disorders.
Among young adults who are depressed, anxiety, and other disorders, about three in five have experienced a parent or guardian who was depressed or had other symptoms associated with depression.
About 10 percent of young women have experienced suicidal thoughts, and nearly one in four young men have had thoughts of suicide.
The findings are published in the journal Journal of Affective Disorders.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number one cause of death among people ages 15 to 24 is homicide, which accounts for one-fifth of the deaths.
Suicide attempts account for about one of every five deaths.
About one in 10 people in the United States are living with a serious physical illness, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.