18 Interesting Facts About Therapy & Mental Health

Research shows that mental disorders are common in the US, affecting nearly one in five U.S. adults. Talking with a therapist about personal issues can help you come to grips with problems in your life.

List Of 18 Interesting Facts About Therapy & Mental Health:

#1 Major depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses in the US, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Depression is defined by despair, hopelessness, and prolonged feelings of sadness, leading to thoughts of death or suicide, trouble sleeping, a loss of energy, and a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.

#2 An estimated 10 percent of young Americans have at least one major depressive episode in the last 12 months.

#3 Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the US, claiming the lives of more than 47,000 people.

#4 Social anxiety disorder affects over 15 million adults in the US.

#5 About 20 percent of employed adults in the United States experience a mental health issue, including insomnia, anxiety, and depression, every year.

#6 An estimated 18% of Generation X members (people born between the mid-1960s and the early-1980s) say they would never go to counseling.

#7 Approximately 42 percent of American adults have seen a counselor at some point in their lives. 

#8 Over 27 percent of American adults received mental health treatment in the last two years.

Benefits psychotherapy facts mental health

#9 Talking therapies can be helpful for lots of things, including:

  • an addiction;
  • a phobia;
  • an eating disorder;
  • anxiety;
  • depression.

#10 Talk therapy can help you:

  • end destructive habits;
  • understand your mental health condition;
  • become a better caregiver for others;
  • understand why things bother you;
  • reach wellness goals;
  • develop a plan for coping with crises;
  • overcome fears;
  • reduce impulses of aggression or self-harm;
  • establish a stable routine;
  • improve relationships with friends, family, and work colleagues;
  • decrease or eliminate depression and anxiety;
  • identify triggers that may worsen your symptoms;
  • cope with stress.
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#11 Cognitive-behavioral therapies are just as effective as antidepressants for treating depression, according to a 2015 study published in the BMJ

#12 A 2010 study published in The Lancet concluded that group cognitive behavioral therapy notably improved chronic low back pain.

#13 Signs that you could benefit from therapy include:

  • your actions are harming you or others;
  • you expect the worst;
  • you find it difficult to carry out other everyday activities or to concentrate on work assignments;
  • your problems don’t seem to get better;
  • you feel a prolonged sense of sadness.

Costs therapy facts

#14 Therapists in private practice get to set their rates at whatever they want. However, the average cost of therapy is $60 to $250 per session.

#15 Mental health directories, like BetterHelp, allow you to search for sliding scale therapists who practice in cities across the US.

#16 Some counseling or therapy is provided at no cost through hospitals or medical clinics.

#17 Factors that can affect the price of therapy include:

  • specialization;
  • length of the therapy session;
  • insurance coverage – many health insurance providers offer high-quality coverage where therapy costs $20 to $50 per session;
  • the therapist’s reputation;
  • the location of therapy (rural, suburbs, major city);
  • the therapist’s training.

#18 Most traditional face to face psychotherapies last at least six months. However, the effects of psychotherapy are long-lasting.

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