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Mental Illnesses by the Numbers

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Redesigned web section adds interactive tools, sharing features.

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Antipsychotics Use Among Older Adults Increases with Age

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Researchers find antipsychotic use among older adults increases with age despite known health risks. In 2010, more than 3/4 of seniors receiving an antipsychotic prescription had no documented clinical psychiatric diagnosis during the year. In addition, among those who did have a diagnosed mental disorder and/or dementia, nearly half of the oldest patients had dementia, regardless of FDA warnings that antipsychotics increase mortality in people with dementia.

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Boys More Likely to Have Antipsychotics Prescribed, Regardless of Age

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Boys are more likely than girls to receive an antipsychotic prescription regardless of age, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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A New Look at Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use Among Adults

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New report on mental health service use among racial/ethnic groups

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New Report Provides National Clinical Data on the Prevalence of Many Specific Mental Disorders

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released the findings of a new clinical study providing national data on the past-year prevalence of specific mental disorders in adults.

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Announcing New U.S. Disability Statistics on the NIMH Website

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NIMH announces updated World Health Organization estimates of the burden of disease in the United States.

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