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14 Surprising Mental Health Statistics

Discover 14 surprising mental health statistics about the prevalence of mental health issues, anticipated labor shortages, and the software market.

Most of us have a friend or family member who has struggled with mental health issues. The demand for mental health care is rising, and in many geographies and specialties the supply of care cannot keep pace. Here are some surprising recent statistics about mental health in the United States that demonstrate the need for continued medical and technological progress:

1. 47% of adults in the United States will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. << Tweet this stat

2. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year. << Tweet this stat

3. Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions. << Tweet this stat

4. 7% of adults in the United States will experience PTSD during their lifetime. << Tweet this stat

5. 57% of the U.S. adults with a mental health condition do not receive proper treatment << Tweet this stat

6. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. << Tweet this stat

7. Nearly 4.4 million, or 7% of all children ages 3 to 14, have been diagnosed with anxiety. << Tweet this stat

8. Mental disorders were one of the five most costly conditions in the United States in 2006, with expenditures at $57.5 billion. << Tweet this stat

9. Only 25% of adults with mental health symptoms believed that people are caring and sympathetic to persons with mental illness. << Tweet this stat

10. An estimated 11.8 million people misused opioids in the past year, including 11.5 million pain reliever misusers and 948,000 heroin users. About 116 people die each day from opioid-related drug overdoses in the United States. << Tweet this stat

11. There are more than 200 recognized forms of mental illness. << Tweet this stat

12. By 2030, the United States will have an estimated shortage of 14,300 full-time psychologists. << Tweet this stat

13. Demand for substance abuse and addiction counselors is projected to exceed supply by approximately 38 percent in 2030. << Tweet this stat

14. The global mental health software market was valued at approximately $1.35 billion in 2017 and is expected to generate revenue of around $4.585 billion by end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of around 14.5% between 2018 and 2026. << Tweet this stat


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