Mental health treatment among adults Aged 18–44 : United States, 2019–2021
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Mental health treatment among adults Aged 18–44 : United States, 2019–2021

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      In 2020, the percentage of adults who had received any mental health treatment in the past 12 months was significantly higher than in 2019 (1,2). Previous research has found that symptoms of an anxiety disorder or a depressive disorder increased from 2020 through the beginning of 2021, especially among younger adults (3). This report describes trends in the percentage of adults aged 18–44 who had received any mental health treatment, defined as having either taken medication for mental health, received counseling or therapy, or both in the past 12 months by selected characteristics based on data from the 2019–2021 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Estimates for adults aged 45–64 and 65 and over are presented for comparison.

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      ● The percentage of adults who had received any mental health treatment in the past 12 months increased from 2019 to 2021, among both adults of all ages (from 19.2% to 21.6%) and those aged 18–44 (from 18.5% to 23.2%).

      ● Among adults aged 18–44, women were more likely than men to have received any mental health treatment.

      ● From 2019 to 2021, the percentage of adults aged 18–44 who had received any mental health treatment increased among non-Hispanic White (from 23.8% to 30.4%) and non-Hispanic Asian (from 6.0% to 10.8%) adults.

      ● Among adults aged 18–44, the percentage who had received any mental health treatment increased from 2019 to 2021 across large and medium or small metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.

      Suggested citation: Terlizzi EP, Schiller JS. Mental health treatment among adults aged 18–44: United States, 2019–2021. NCHS Data Brief, no 444. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2022. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.15620/cdc:120293.

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