In brief: Feeling bad in America

In brief

Feeling bad in America

Revealing information on the mental health of Americans appears in data from three random telephone surveys of the adult population by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

One survey suggests that mental health may have declined during the 1990s.

Interviewers asked: "Thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and emotional problems, for how many days in the past month was your mental health not good?" A person who estimated more than 14 days was said to be suffering from frequent mental distress.

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