If you are feeling more distressed, you are not alone. A recent government report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that almost 50% of Americans will experience some form of mental health problem at some point in their life. Experts are warning that the number of those affected is rising more dramatically because many do not seek help and their illness is not reported. According to the CDC, about 25 percent of adult Americans reported having a mental illness such as anxiety disorder, depression or post-traumatic stress in the previous year. The cost of this is hundreds of billions of dollars annually in care and lost productivity. It is not known why the incidence of mental illness is so high but some mental disorders can be caused by other chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer which are also on the rise. The CDC report also studied people already in the health-care system and there is a big issue with underdiagnosis and undertreatment. Some experts feel that the lack of healthy living is to blame in lack of sleep, poor nutrition and lack of exercise may be contributing to increased mental health issues. Deficiency in B vitamins, protein, folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, magnesium and the amino acid tryptophan are thought to play an important role in mental illness. Essential nutrients also nourish the mind and a lack of nutritional components can lead to physical difficulties, increased mental-health problems and even changes in brain functioning. Some physicians feel that in he last few years, the  more stressful environment, poor economy and job market has causing chronic stress and people are just not coping well. To improve your health and arm yourself against mental illness be sure you do follow a low-fat balanced diet, take a good daily multi-vitamin, get at last 6 hours of sleep every night, and exercise at least 4 hours every week to dissipate stress. Also try taking a Krill Oil supplement to increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids which studies show helps to lift the mood. Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist