CDC Report identifies need for increased monitoring of adult mental illness

The report, Mental Illness Surveillance Among Adults in the United States, appears as a supplement in today’s issue of the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Prepared by the Public Health Surveillance Program Office, it is the first agency-wide compilation of data from selected surveillance and information systems that measure the prevalence and effects of mental illness in the U.S. adult population. CDC plans to issue a similar report in 2012 focusing on childhood mental illness.

The CDC report explains that numerous chronic diseases are associated with mental illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. In such instances, treatment of the mental illness also can reduce the effect of the chronic disease. Authors say that increased mental health surveillance efforts will provide vital data needed to guide effective mental illness prevention and treatment programs.

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