The State Of Mental Health In America

Mental Health America was founded in 1909 by Clifford W. Beers. (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit organisation. It addresses the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.

The current review will report key statistical findings regarding the issue of mental health in The United States of America between 2019 and 2022.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2019, 4.7% of adults aged 18 years or older reported regular feelings of depression, and 11.2% reported regular feelings of worry, nervousness, or anxiety. 40% of Americans with a 12-month history of severe mental disorders do not receive any treatment. Disorders were assessed by structured diagnostic interview using the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Composite International Diagnostic following DSM-IV criteria. The analyzed disorders included mood (ie, major depressive disorder, dysthymia, or bipolar disorder type I or II), anxiety (ie, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, specific phobia), posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders (ie, alcohol or drug abuse or dependence). In lower- and middle-income countries, this figure can exceed 75%.2.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased mental health care needs while simultaneously restricting access, with unknown long-term consequences. From August 2020 to February 2021, the CDC described an increase in the proportion of adults reporting recent symptoms of anxiety or depression from 36.4% to 41.5%, with the fraction reporting unmet mental health care needs increasing from 9.2% to 11.7%.3. Among children and adolescents, the proportion of mental health-related emergency department visits for those aged 5 to 11 years and 12 to 17 years increased by 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019.4

The current review will report key statistical findings regarding the issue of mental health in The United States of America between 2019 and 2022.

In 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 50 million adult Americans underwent a psychological illness, with a percentage of 19.86%. According to the last year’s, almost 4.58% of adults expressed having serious thoughts regarding suicide. The national rate of suicidal ideation among adults has increased every year since 2011-2012.

15.08% of American youth have reported having experienced a major depressive episode in the past year, an increase of 1.24% from last year’s dataset. 19% of youth in the U.S aged between 12-and 17 are living with major depression.

Almost 2.5 million youth in the U.S. have reported suffering from severe depression, with a percentage of 10.6% of youth dealing with severe major depression.

Almost 27 million of American adults do not receive medical care. For example, in Hawaii, 67% of adults with a mental illness did not receive treatment while in Vermont, a percentage of 43% of adults who live with a mental illness did not also receive any kind of mental treatment. In Texas, on the other hand, three-quarters of youth with depression did not receive mental health treatment.

Nationally, fewer than 1 in 3 youth with severe depression receive consistent mental health care. Even among youth with severe depression who receive some treatment, only 27% received consistent care.

Both adults and youth in the U.S. continue to lack adequate insurance coverage. A percentage of 11.1% of Americans dealing with a mental illness are uninsured. There was a 0.3% increase from last year’s dataset, the second year in a row that this indicator increased since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 8.1% of children had private insurance that did not cover mental health services.