During the COVID pandemic, mental health in America saw a rapid decline. Now that the pandemic is almost over, it is vital to examine if it is improving.
A recent survey of 1,500 people found that over 66% of people self-report feeling either depressed or anxious. Other common concerns and their percentages include:
• Bipolar Affective Disorder – 27%
• Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – 26%
• Behavioral and Emotional Disorders – 24%
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – 20%
Does Gender Play a Role?
While an equal number of men and women self-reported being depressed, women were far more likely to report feeling anxious. Men were more likely to report being bipolar, experiencing disassociative disorders, coping with OCD, and having eating disorders. Women were more likely to report suffering from post-traumatic disorders. These statistics are vital since many who suffer from mental illness concerns never see a doctor, wait months to see one, or get a wrong diagnosis.
Does Returning to the Office Improve or Hinder Mental Health in America?
When respondents were asked if their mental health was better when working from home, at the office, or a combination of both, 45% said their mental health was better when working from home while 29% said a hybrid model was best for them. The remainder felt better working in the office.
How Does Social Media Affect Mental Health in America?
Another interesting finding from the study is that 57% of people spending three or more hours a day on social media report being diagnosed with a mental health condition compared to 37% who never browse Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites. In particular, those spending three or more hours on social media were:
• 27% more likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder
• 24% more likely to be diagnosed with depression
• 15% more likely to be diagnosed with an emotional or behavioral disorder
• 9% more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety
Does Income Play a Role?
Income continues to play an essential role in mental health. Of those making more than $50,000 annually, 63% struggle with depression, and 59% report being anxious. For individuals making less than $50,000 annually, 75% report being depressed, and an equal number report being anxious.
If you have related concerns, contact American Behavioral Clinics today for a free initial consultation. We would love to be part of finding a workable solution to improving your mental health.