Arch Gen Psychiatry volume 51, issue 1, P8 1994 DOI: 10.1001/archpsyc.1994.03950010008002

Lifetime and 12-Month Prevalence of DSM-III-R Psychiatric Disorders in the United States

Ronald C. Kessler
Abstract: The prevalence of psychiatric disorders is greater than previously thought to be the case. Furthermore, this morbidity is more highly concentrated than previously recognized in roughly one sixth of the population who have a history of three or more comorbid disorders. This suggests that the causes and consequences of high comorbidity should be the focus of research attention. The majority of people with psychiatric disorders fail to obtain professional treatment. Even among people with a lifetime history of three or more comorbid disorders, the proportion who ever obtain specialty sector mental health treatment is less than 50%. These results argue for the importance of more outreach and more research on barriers to professional help-seeking.
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