More young people fighting mental illness

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 10:15am

Mental illness is twice as common among young adults as people over 50. That's according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which released its yearly report Thursday. The numbers showed that 30 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds had a diagnosed mental illness, compared to 20 percent of the general population and 14 percent of people over 50.

According to Ark-La-Tex counselor Sandi Davis, there are a lot of factors that can contribute to mental illnesses in early adulthood. "Being able to leave home for th first time, having a sense of independence, can create a lot of stress. Another wuld be a biological predisposition for some sort of mental disorders," she said.

You can view a full copy of the report by clicking on the link

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