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In the US, 44M adults have a mental health disorder or substance abuse

That statistic indicates that nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year...

...according to a U.S. government study. More is needed to better understand and give people the help they need.

Oregon has the highest rate, and New Jersey the lowest, according to 2012-2014 data analyzed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Drug Use Disorder found 10% Americans | Mental Health Update

Almost 10% of Americans have had DSM-5 drug use disorder (DUD) at some point in their life, many of them also with potentially disabling comorbidities, according to a large national survey.

Complicating matters further, fewer than 25% have received treatment for DUD, according to data from the first nationally representative survey of individuals after Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) replaced DSM-IV in 2013.

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Mental Health Help | A deeper look at Loneliness

Loneliness is not just an excruciating feeling that can lead to other mental health problems, it can actually be a cause of premature death.

While loneliness can affect anyone at any point in life, it is particularly common among the rapidly increasing population of old people. When you read stories about how many old people live alone and say the television is their main company, you realise that tackling loneliness is one of the greatest challenges facing our society.

Now a new study in humans and rhesus macaques suggests that loneliness is associated with inflammation of the brain. This is potentially a very important finding, but it is important not to jump to conclusions.

Understanding the biological response to a condition like loneliness should lead to a more holistic understanding of mental health problems rather than a knee-jerk solution like a quick-fix drug.

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