The most recent Mental Health Supplement to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS-MH) conducted in 1989 shows that among people between the ages of 25 and 64 who reported a serious mental illness, a large majority also reported disability (in the form of limitations in non-work-related activities). A higher percentage of men (87.0%) than women (71.3%) reported any non-work-related limitations. The most frequently reported limitation was a reduced ability to cope with daily stress (79.1% of men; 65.9% of women). More men (60.0%) than women (41.9%) reported that their mental illness interfered with their social functioning. Similarly, 59.2% of men with serious mental illness reported limitations in their ability to concentrate on tasks, compared to 41.4% of women. Finally, more than a third (34.7%) of men, compared to only 16.9% of women reported limitations in their ability to perform instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), such as shopping and managing money.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics (1996)
Surveys: National Health Interview Survey, Mental Health Supplement (NHIS-MH), 1989