Mental health issues in the U.S.

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Statista dossier on mental health issues in the U.S.

This dossier provides some of the most important facts and figures concerning mental health and illnesses in the United States. The issue of mental health is becoming increasingly important in the United States as the number of people with mental disorders is steadily rising. This document contains chapters on anxiety and depression, the connection between mental illness and substance use, mental illness and suicide, and a special chapter on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Most important health issues facing the U.S. according to U.S. adults 2019-2020

    • Mental illness among U.S. women 2008-2019

    • Any mental illness among U.S. men 2008-2019

    • Any mental illness in the past year among U.S. adults by age and gender 2019

    • Major depressive episode in the past year among U.S. adults by age and gender 2019

    • Major depressive episode in the past year among U.S. youths by gender 2004-2019

    • Primary mental health issues among college students 2019-2020

    • Serious mental illness among veterans 26 to 49 years old in the U.S. 2008 and 2019

    • Total mental health funding by National Institutes for Health 2013-2020

  • 2. Anxiety and depression
    • Percentage of the U.S. population that had anxiety disorders from 1990 to 2017

    • Share of U.S. adults with anxiety symptoms in 2019, by gender and severity

    • Share of U.S. adults with anxiety symptoms in 2019, by age and severity

    • Share of U.S. adults with anxiety symptoms in 2019, by ethnicity and severity

    • Percentage of the U.S. population that had depression from 1990 to 2017

    • Share of U.S. adults with depression symptoms in 2019, by gender and severity

    • Share of U.S. adults with depression symptoms in 2019, by age and severity

    • Share of U.S. adults with depression symptoms in 2019, by ethnicity and severity

  • 3. Other disorders
    • Percentage of the U.S. population with bipolar disorder from 1990 to 2017

    • Share of the U.S. population with an eating disorder from 1990 to 2017

    • Share of the U.S. population with an eating disorder from 1990 to 2017, by gender

    • Share of the U.S. population with schizophrenia from 1990 to 2017

    • Percentage of U.S. college students with mental disorders in 2019 to 2020

  • 4. Mental illness and substance use
    • Alcohol dependence or abuse among U.S. adults by level of mental illness 2019

    • Co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder - U.S. adults by gender 2019

    • Co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder U.S. 2019, by employment

    • Substance use among adults in the U.S. by any mental illness 2019

    • Substance use among youths in the U.S. by major depressive episode 2019

  • 5. Mental illness and suicide
    • Male suicide rate in the U.S. from 1999 to 2019, by age group

    • Female suicide rate in the U.S. from 1999 to 2019, by age group

    • Suicide thoughts among U.S. adults by serious psychological distress 2019

    • Suicide thoughts among U.S. adults by major depressive episode 2019

    • Distribution of U.S. suicide deaths with select mental illness in 2017, by gender

  • 6. Public opinion
    • U.S. adults' opinions on the degree to which mental health is taken seriously in 2018

    • Is public investment in mental health research enough in U.S. 2020

    • U.S. adults' opinions on if mental health issues need treatment as of 2018

    • U.S. adults' opinions on the use of mental health as an excuse as of 2018

    • U.S. adults' opinions on if mental health issues are over-diagnosed as of 2018

    • U.S. adults' opinions on employer provided mental health help as of 2018

  • 7. Focus: Mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Mental stress changes among U.S. adults, April 2020 to January 2021, by month

    • Share of U.S. adults with mental health/substance issues from Apr.-May 2020, by race

    • Share of U.S. mental health screenings with anxiety 2019-2020, by ethnicity

    • U.S. adults who reported anxiety disorder symptoms from Apr. 2020-Mar. 2021

    • U.S. adults with anxiety disorder symptoms from Apr. 2020-Mar. 2021, by gender

    • U.S. adults who reported depressive symptoms in the last week Apr. 2020-Mar. 2021

    • U.S. adults who reported depressive symptoms from Apr. 2020-Mar. 2021, by gender

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