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Mental Health Facts and Statistics

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Our mental health is so often overlooked merely because it’s a constant facet we must always be aware of 24/7/365. After all, our minds constantly process information, develop new thoughts, and evolve based on chemical makeup and our surroundings. For this reason, having an awareness of various mental health facts, figures, and statistics can help us maintain our mental health. We’ve compiled a variety of facts to help bring awareness and understanding to different health conditions. This article breaks these pieces of information down into generalized facts and figures, seasonal affective disorder, anxiety, physical pain (its impact on mental health), and aging.

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General Mental Health Statistics

About 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with mental illness. The total was 51.5 million : Further details are provided below
Many types of mental illness vary in severity. The two broad categories used to : Further details are provided below
A graphic of the USA shape. Text, “20.6% of all US adults (51.6 million) were estimated to have AMI in 2019”
AMI was more prevalent in females (24.5%) than males (16.3%) in 2019
A graphic of young and old peoples representing the AMI was more prevalent in young: Further details are provided below.
AMI was more prevalent among adults who reported two or more races (31.7%) : Further details are provided below.
In 2019, an estimated 13.1 million U.S. adults reported having SMI, making up 5.2% of the entire U.S. adult population.
SMI prevalence was higher in females (6.5%) than males (3.9%).

Seasonal Affective Disorder Facts

January and February are the months people with SAD struggle the most throughout the most
The further you go north in the U.S., the more common SAD is : Further details are provided below
A graphic with text, roughly 5% of US adults experience SAD and say it lasts 40% of the year
SAD can begin at any age but typically starts with those between 18 and 30 your chances of SAD go down as you age.
Graphics text ,more than half a million people the US suffer from SAD 10-20% may suffer from a mild form of winter blues
A graphic of three women and a man. Text, “3/4 of those suffering from SAD are women”
Many people with SAD report having a close relative with a mental disorder : Further details are provided below
Lake Effect Five of the ten states with the most depressing winters are located  : Further details are provided below
Arizona, Florida, and Hawaii have been found to have the sunniest winters, making them easier for those with SAD .

Seasonal Affective disorder Resources

Anxiety Facts

Anxiety disorders affect 18.1% of the U.S. adult population. 40 million adults : Further details are provided below
Anxiety disorders affect 18.1% of the U.S. adult population. 40 million adults : Further details are provided below
Those suffering from anxiety disorders are 3-5 times more likely to see a doctor : Further details are provided below
Risk factors for anxiety disorders include genetics, brain chemistry, personality : Further details are provided below
Women are twice as likely to develop an anxiety disorder compared to men : Further details are provided below
Risk factors for anxiety disorders include genetics, brain chemistry, personality : Further details are provided below
Common types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder : Further details are provided below

Physical Pain and Mental Health

Those with chronic pain are four times more likely to have depression and anxiety : Further details are provided below
Mood and anxiety disorders occur at higher rates amongst those with arthritis : Further details are provided below
It is been found that females with fibromyalgia are five times higher at risk of : Further details are provided below
Those with multiple sclerosis are two times more likely to develop major depressive : Further details are provided below
One study found those with a chronic pain condition experienced depressive : Further details are provided below
Studies found 10% to 87% of those with chronic pain showed symptoms of depression : Further details are provided below
The average suicide rate jumps from 12.6 per 100,000 to 45-81 per person-years  : Further details are provided below
Studies have found that depression can make feelings of pain more noticeable : Further details are provided below

Aging and Mental Health

An estimated 20% of those 55 years or older experience some mental health concern : Further details are provided below
Depression is the most common type of mental health condition amongst older adults : Further details are provided below
Depression is not a normal part of growing older and is treatable 80% of the time. : Further details are provided below
12.2% of those 65 years or older reported they “never” or “rarely” received : Further details are provided below
Almost 95% of adults 50 or older reported being “satisfied” or  : Further details are provided below
Frequent mental distress (FMD), defined as having 14+ days of poor mental health : Further details are provided below
Risk factors for developing late-onset depression include widowhood : Further details are provided below
Anxiety is not common amongst older adults. Over 90% of adults over 50 : Further details are provided below

Aging in Place Resources

About the Author

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Brandon Landgraf is the Digital Marketing Manager for Carex Health Brands. He finds passion and fulfillment in creating content that enhances, improves, and enlivens others' quality of life. All of his written work is formulated to not only offer essential advice and tips but back it with proven studies and experts. His mission is to connect with readers and provide steps to make their lives better.

You can connect with him on LinkedIn here.

About Carex Health Brands

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Carex is your one-stop shop for home medical equipment and for products that assist caregivers with providing the best possible support and care for their loved ones. Carex Health Brands has been the branded leader in in-home, self-care medical products for over 35 years. Our goal is to improve the lives of our customers by bring them quality products that bring dignity back to their lives. With our three nationally distributed brands, Carex Health Brands serves national, regional and independent food, drug and mass retailers along with wholesalers, distributors and medical dealers.

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