U.S. Mental Health Issues - Statistics & Facts

In 2016, almost one out of every five adults in the United States had some form of mental illness in the preceding year. Nearly seven percent of all adults suffered a major case of depression within the same period. American Indians and native Alaskans have the highest level of mental health issues, while Asians and Pacific Islanders have the lowest. Oregon and Utah are the two states where the highest percentage of poor mental health is reported, while South Dakota and New Jersey are reported to have the lowest percentage.


The use of mental health services in the United States has stabilized over the last decade, with prescription drugs representing the most common type of care. As expected, mental health services are most often received by persons with serious mental illnesses. In most cases, adults experiencing a major depressive episode will seek professional help at generalists or family doctors, followed by psychiatrists or psychotherapists. High costs are often cited as the chief reason for not utilizing mental health services.

According to some estimates, around 29.4 million adults in the U.S. receive mental health treatment through prescribed medication. Thus, mental health is one of the most productive therapeutic sectors in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry.

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