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Americans not getting mental health care needed amid pandemic, reports suggest

BROOKLYN, NY – JANUARY 13: A teenage boy sleeps through most of the late morning on January 13, 2018 in his home in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/ Corbis via Getty Images) May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made access to mental health services more necessary than ever. Though several new reports suggest Americans aren’t getting the mental health care they need, despite data showing mental health concerns have increased during the pandemic.

For example, recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that more than 41% of adults were experiencing symptoms of an anxiety or depressive disorder in February 2021 — a significant increase from the year prior.

And now a report from Anthem , a major health insurer in the country that serves more than 106 million people, found the rate of mental health diagnoses fell flat in 2020 among its members.

The plateau of mental health diagnoses in 2020 was surprising to researchers because diagnoses had been reliably increasing since 2002 and because of the clear challenges brought on by the pandemic. This suggests Americans haven’t been seeking out mental health care during the pandemic as in […]

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