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20% of adults receiving recent mental health help in 2020.

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From a new federal report shows a slight increase in the percentage of people receiving mental health care over the past year. A new report indicates that one in five U.S.

Adults in 2020 received mental health care in the past year, marking an increase from 2019 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an analysis based on data from the 2020 National Health Interview Survey, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Health Statistics estimated that 20.3% of people adults taking prescription medication, counseling, or doing both in the past 12 months. About 10% received treatment or counseling, while 16.5% took medication.

Although the authors of the reports did not consider what factors might have driven the data, the findings come amid widespread concern about the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and related concerns related to school closures, job losses and social isolation.

Another CDC report released at the beginning of this report. year found that the percentage of adults with recent symptoms of anxiety or depression increased from 36.4% in August 2020 to 41.5% at the start of the year 2021.

The new results show a statistically significant increase of about one percent since 2019, when researchers said 19.2 percent of adults had received mental health treatment.

That year, an estimated 15.8 percent of adults had taken prescription medications for their mental health and 9.5 percent had received counseling or therapy in the past year. And while the increase is small, it could signal that people with mental health problems are unable to access treatment, or that mental health problems may be worse than those with mental health problems days earlier, according to experts.

Who spoke to the HealthDay news agency.

Overall, in 2020, white adults were more likely to have received mental health treatment (24.4%), taken medication (20.6%) and received counseling or therapy (11.2%) in the last year. More than 15% of black adults, nearly 13% of Hispanic adults, and nearly 8% of Asian adults receive mental health treatment.

Women are also more likely to receive treatment, medication or counseling than men. By age, adults aged 18 to 44 are about as likely to receive mental health treatment as adults aged 45 to 64.

A larger proportion in that older group received medication, while a larger proportion in the younger group received counseling or therapy.

Mental health treatment also varies geographically, with an increasing proportion of adults receiving mental health treatment and taking medication consistent with the fact that they live in a more rural area. The opposite trend was true for those receiving counseling or therapy, with lower participation rates in more rural areas.

-Swarna Singh

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