American Adults Live with Mental Health Disorder Since COVID-19: Here’s How It Varies by Age

March 11, 2022 marked the second anniversary of the World Health Organization’s official declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19’s devastating impacts included the disruption of mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide, according to a WHO survey of 130 countries.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration data further show that more than one in every five American adults experienced mental illness in 2020.

Sidecar Health looked at how the prevalence of mental health disorders breaks down by age.

Mental illnesses include different conditions with varying degrees of severity and can be broken down into two broad categories.

Adults Aged 18-25

– People living with mental health disorders: 30.6% — 29.3% of adults 18-20 — 31.3% of adults 21-25 – Those reporting a significant negative impact on mental health due to the pandemic: — Among all respondents: 23.2% — Those with any mental health disorder: 48.5% — Those with serious mental health disorders: 52.7%

Gen Z adults (ages 18-23) met additional challenges in 2020, from entering a workforce while the economy was in a freefall due to a lack of in-person contact with co-workers, classmates, and loved ones.

This age group is already at high risk for mental illness due to ongoing uncertainties and high levels of stress.

Adults Aged 26-49

Swipe up now to read the full post!