More Americans Sought Therapy In 2020


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.” 

Source:SWNS Digital