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Midtown Manhattan Prevalence Rates and the Implied Need for Treatment: Meeting the Challenge of Public Mental Health

Ernest Joel Millman, PhD, MPH
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1998;55(12):1146-1147. doi:.
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In providing a historical perspective on the lifetime rates of psychiatric disorders estimated in the Epidemiologic Catchment Area study and the National Comorbidity Survey, Regier et al1 state that " . . . rates had ranged . . . to highs of . . . 81.5% in midtown Manhattan, NY." A precise and useful summary was provided by Regier et al2 as follows:

Srole et al3 stated with respect to this "impaired category of mental health" that "[d]espite apparent limitations, this category in the sample has served as our working criterion of potential need for professional help." Therefore, the Midtown prevalence rate of 23.4% most closely corresponds to the lifetime rates of "any disorder" estimated by the Epidemiologic Catchment Area study and the National Comorbidity Survey.1


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