Mental Health and Access to Care Survey (MHACS)

Mood disorder of person, status

Mood disorder refers to whether or not, in some specified period, the person classified as meeting the criteria for either of the mood disorders measured, specifically: major depressive episode or bipolar disorder. Whether or not the person met the criteria was determined by a modified World Health Organization Composite International Diagnostic Interview (WHO-CIDI). Mental conditions or problems were identified through a set of questions pertaining to the feelings, the symptoms, severity, the intensity and the impact relative to each of the disorders.

Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programs.

The data for this variable are reported using the following classifications and/or lists:

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