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Mental health: during the past 12 months, did any of these problems seriously interfere with life

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For persons ages 18 and older in the National Health Interview Survey-Disability Survey (NHIS-D) Phase I sample who one or more mental or emotional problems, DPMHLIFE indicates if during the past 12 months, any of these problems seriously interfere with his or her ability to work or attend school or to manage his or her day-to-day activities. Mental and emotional problems included in the NHIS-D supplement included being frequently depressed or anxious; having a lot of trouble making or keeping friendships; having a lot of trouble getting along in social setting; having a lot of trouble concentrating long enough to complete tasks; having serious trouble coping with day-to-day stresses; being frequently confused, disorientated or forgetful; and having phobias or unreasonable fears.


In 1994 and 1995, this variable is part of the Disability Supplement (NHIS-D) that collects information on disability. NHIS-D included two household interviews: in Phase I all members of sample families were screened for any indication of disability; in Phase II persons with any indication of disability were followed-up for additional information. Phase I includes sensory, communication, and mobility problems; health conditions; activities of daily living and independent activities of daily living; functional limitations; mental health; services and benefits; special health needs of children; early child development; education; relationship to respondent; and perceived disability. Phase II includes four Disability Followback Survey (DFS) questionnaires: one for children, one for adults, one for elderly persons (69 years of age and over) without any indication of disability (also called the Supplement on Aging or SOA; only in 1994), and one for persons with a history of polio.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1994-1995: Persons aged 18 years and older in the NHIS-D Phase I sample who reported one or more mental or emotional problems.


  • 1994-1995