Most Americans Now See Depression and Anxiety Disorders as Health Problems

By Princeton Survey Research Associates International, Special for USDR

In observance of Mental Health Month, PSRAI asked Americans about their views on depression and anxiety disorders. Seventy-three percent of adults say they view depression as a health problem while nearly one in five (18%) say they view it as a sign of personal or emotional weakness. This represents a drastic change from 1996, when a National Mental Health Association survey found more viewed depression as a personal or emotional weakness (54%) than a health problem (38%).  A similar share of Americans today view anxiety disorders as a health problem (71%) rather than a sign of weakness (20%).

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