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Differences in mental health treatment for adults in the U.S.

Posted at 7:58 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 21:58:51-05

New findings from the Centers for Disease Control reveal differences in mental health treatment among adults in the United States.

Almost 1 in 5 adults experienced a mental illness in 2018. Research data suggests certain groups of people were more likely to seek mental health treatment than others.

For instance, more women than men sought treatment. In fact, about 1 in 4 women — in comparison to about 1 in 7 men. Researchers suggest women may be more willing to seek care and may suffer from more common mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

White adults receive more mental health treatment than black or Hispanic adults. Individuals over the age of 45 are more likely to receive care than those aged 18 to 45.

Location makes a difference, too. More adults in rural areas seek mental health treatment and medication than adults in large, metropolitan areas. However, more adults in metropolitan areas seek therapy or counseling than those in rural areas.