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Mental Health Statistics 2023

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Millions of people are being diagnosed by mental illness, and the numbers are increasing each year. Becoming aware of the numbers and sharing them helps create public awareness of the impact of mental illness. By understanding how mental health issues are affecting people’s physical, social and economic impact, we can create better tools, better treatment programs and better accessibility to the tools and programs available. 

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At A Glance

Mental Health Conditions By The Numbers

With the increase in mental illness, and the increased awareness, the stigma about mental illness is fortunately going down, allowing adults and youth to seek diagnosis and treatment.  The COVID-19 pandemic in the recent years has caused a significant rise in the numbers of people reporting severe depression, anxiety and suicide ideation. 

In the U.S. alone, more than 50 million Americans reported experiencing a mental health condition. Youth (ages 18 – 25) have the highest rate of experiencing mental health condition at 30.6%. Multiracial populations experience the highest rates of mental health conditions at 35.8%.

Quick Overview

  • 30.6% Ages 18 – 25 experience mental health conditions
  • 25.3% Ages 26 – 49 experience mental health conditions
  • 14.5% Ages 50+ experience mental health conditions
  • 35.8% Multiracial populations experience mental health conditions
  • 22.6% White populations experience mental health conditions
  • 18.7% American Indian and Native Alaskan populations experience mental health conditions
  • 18.4% Hispanic and Latino populations experience mental health conditions

Prevalence of Specific Mental Health Conditions

The above statistics refer to U.S adults experiencing specific mental health conditions.


Around 42.5 million U.S. adults report Anxiety related mental conditions such as generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, or other anxiety disorders.

Causes of Anxiety include:

  • Medications or other chronic diseases
  • Environmental factors such as trauma or family problems.
  • Drug addiction and abuse.
  • Defects in brain chemistry


More than 21 million U.S. adults report experiencing some form of Depression. It is also widespread among young adults, more than 3.7% reporting major depression.  People who feel depressed are vulnerable to more serious issues such as self-harm or suicide.

Depression can be caused by different factors. They include:

  • Past Events – Stressful and shocking events can cause depression. Examples include the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, and so much more.
  • Severe Medical Issues – Medical issues that cause pain or extreme discomfort can cause depression. Arthritis and diabetes are good examples of such illnesses.
  • Personality/Attitude – Negative or pessimistic views or attitudes can cause depression.
  • Abnormal brain chemistry – Imbalances in brain hormones can cause depression.


Post-traumatic stress disorder affects around 12 million American adults, or 3.6%. Approximately 37% of patients with PTSD are thought to experience severe symptoms. Women are far more likely than men to develop PTSD after suffering trauma.

Some common causes of PTSD include:

  • Childhood neglect, abandonment
  • Physical violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Accidents
  • Witnessing a death
  • Life threats, or life threatening events
  • Natural disasters such as fire, earthquakes, flooding, tornados

Bipolar Disorder

More than 3.3 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, and approximately 83% of cases classified as severe. Bipolar Disorder is characterized by extreme mood, energy, and cognitive ability fluctuations. In contrast to most people’s regular ups and downs, those with bipolar disease are likelier to suffer from mania and depression.

The usual age of onset is 25, although it may occur as early as the teens or, very rarely, in infancy.  The sickness affects both men and women equally. 


Around 1.5 million U.S. adults suffer from Schizophrenia. A schizophrenia diagnosis made before the age of 12 or after the age of 40 is very unusual. Patients with Schizophrenia often struggle with things like rational thinking, emotional regulation, making sound decisions, and maintaining positive relationships with others. It’s a serious medical issue that won’t go away quickly. 

Some symptoms of schizophrenia may include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Disorganized speech
  • Disorganized behavior
  • Suicidal ideation

Mental Health Treatment Statistics

Traditionally, mental health has been linked to stigma in the society, leading to emotions of shame and guilt within individuals who are suffering to seek treatment. For this reason, many people delay obtaining the treatment they need and deserve. Secondly, even after asking for help, they do not always receive it, due to lack of accessibility to resources, lack of funding, lack of insurance and lack of support. 

Take the First Step

The first step is to recognize that seeking help for mental health issues is not a sign of weakness. Connecting with another person can give you the strength and determination that you need. Reaching out to California Prime Recovery to talk about your current situation and how we can help. Don’t hesitate to ask the questions you need answered. 

Your Mental Health is Important

The majority of the world gives more significance to physical ailment and conditions, compared to mental health issues and illness. However, more and more people are recognizing that it is impossible to have happy healthy lives without addressing mental health issues first. Many mental health issues, if left undiagnosed and untreated, can created physical and chronic illnesses. It is important to address them as soon as possible. 

Reach Out For Help Today

Admitting that you have mental health difficulties and seeking treatment is not a sign of weakness.

At California Prime Recovery, we understand the importance of maintaining one’s mental health. We provide various case management services to help persons with mental health issues obtain treatment. Please reach out at 866-208-2390

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