Nearly half of young adults report mental health symptoms

FRIDAY, April 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Young adults report unmet needs for mental health care, according to research published online April 11 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Sally H. Adams, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues used data from the Household Pulse Survey (June to July 2021) to assess anxiety in young adults (2 809 people; aged 18-25)/ depressive symptoms, mental health care use (use of prescription drugs, counseling and/or both) and unmet counselling/therapy needs.

Researchers found that 48% of young adults reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depression indicating the need for further screening or treatment. About a third of people with symptoms (39%) received care (prescription medication and/or advice) and about a third (36%) expressed unmet advice/therapy needs. Although not a statistically significant difference, female, Hispanic, and uninsured young adults reported greater unmet need.

“Given that only about a third of people with symptoms received care, we would have expected to see nearly two-thirds reporting unmet need,” Adams said in a statement. “People with symptoms who did not report unmet needs may not believe their symptoms were severe enough to treat or fear the stigma of needing mental health services.”

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