There’s no doubt 2020 was a hard year to live through, and for many people it took a toll on their mental health. But on a positive note, it seems a lot of people did something about it.
A new survey finds:
- 2020 was so difficult for some that more than one out of six Americans sought therapy for the first time.
- That is in addition to the 31% of people who either continued or returned to therapy last year.
- Of those people seeking help, 15% started taking medication for their mental health for the first time in 2020
- 15% either changed or increased their existing prescription.
- The survey also noted the months that people struggled the most, with April and May being the worst (15%), followed by
- March (13%)
- June (9%)
- December (8%)
- The poll also found that only 27% of people have never been to a therapist in their life.
- It could be because many don’t like the stigma, with 47% believing seeking therapy is a sign of weakness.
- 30% of people say it’s because they don’t think their problems are “big enough” to warrant therapy.
- And 32% believe they can “handle their problems on their own.”