Mental health by the numbers in 2022: 20 stats to know

Here is a look at the state of behavioral healthcare in the U.S., using figures reported by Becker's in 2022.

  1. More than 50 million adults, or 20.8 percent of the U.S. population, experienced a mental illness in 2020. Out of that 20.8 percent, ​​5.4 percent were considered to have experienced a severe mental illness. 


  1. The percentage of adults in the U.S. who reported any symptoms of depression and anxiety increased from 11 percent to 40 percent from 2019 to 2020. 


  1. Fifty percent of all women in the U.S. said they felt they needed mental health treatment in the past two years, compared to 35 percent of men.


  1. A survey found that 73 percent of Americans have a personal connection to substance abuse. Sixty-five percent said a family member or friend has experienced addiction and 36 percent reported they have felt dependent on substances at some point.


  1. More than 6 percent of adults in the U.S. had an illicit drug use disorder and 11 percent had an alcohol use disorder in the past year.


  1. More than 16 percent of youths ages 12 to 17 reported experiencing a major depressive episode between 2019 and 2020. The rate of suicide attempts in children increased by 55 percent in the same time period.


  1. The average employer cost of a pediatric mental health appointment increased from $2 in 2019 to $407 in 2022 — an increase of 20,250 percent.


  1. CDC research found that 45 percent of high school students said they were consistently sad and hopeless, leading to a loss of desire to participate in normal activities. An agency survey also found that 1 in 5 considered suicide, and 9 percent of teens had considered suicide within the past year.


  1. Forty-six percent of psychologists said they felt unable to meet the demand for treatment from patients.


  1. Psychologists saw a 79 percent increase in patients with anxiety disorders, a 66 percent increase in depressive disorders and a 64 percent increase in trauma disorders. 


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