Mental Health in the U.S.
In the U.S. millions of people are affected by mental illness every year. Mental illnesses can range from mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder to schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Research has indicated that as of 2018 up to a quarter of adults between the ages of 18 and 25 in the U.S. had experienced some sort of mental illness within the past year, with rates of mental illness decreasing with age. A recent survey also indicated that among adults in the U.S. those living in Oregon and Utah may have the poorest mental health status among all states.
Mental Health Treatment in the U.S.
Not all mental health treatment requires hospitalization or psychiatric treatment. Most mental health issues can be addressed and treated in individual or group psychotherapy, but treatment differs drastically based on the type of mental illness. Psychotherapy, medication, case management, hospitalization and support groups are just a few of the ways mental illness can be treated. As of 2018 a larger percentage of U.S. adults utilized prescription medications as opposed to any other kind of therapy. Among adults that sought treatment from a professional for a major depressive episode, a majority had seen a general practitioner or family doctor to treat their mental health issues.