Young UK women more likely to report mental health problems

Young UK women more likely to report mental health problems

Young women in the United Kingdom are more likely to report anxiety and depression than their male counterparts, according to a new survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The survey that examined the well-being of people aged 16 and 24 showed that about 25 percent women confessed to having faced symptoms pertaining to mental health conditions in 2014-2015, The Guardian reported.

The survey also noted an increase from 18 to 21 percent in the years from 2009-2010 to 2013-2014 among the number of young people who reported deterioration in their mental health. As per the report, young women aged between 16-24 years were more likely to recognize and admit being anxious or depressed as compared to one in six men in the same age group who reported facing similar symptoms.

“There is still a huge amount of misunderstanding about mental health conditions, making people less likely to open up to others if they are struggling to cope. This is particularly difficult for young people who face pressure, including stress at school, college or university and body image issues,” said Tom Madders from YoungMinds, a UK-based mental health charity.

The report also noted an increase in the proportion of young women reporting anxiety and depression. The number rose from 22 percent in 2009-2010 to 26 percent in 2013-2014. The survey also pointed out that although young people in the U.K. reported an overall improvement in their quality of life, there was no improvement in their mental health.

Americans, too, suffer from mental health problems

While there has been an increase in the number of young people experiencing anxiety and depression symptoms in the U.K., Americans too are grappling with serious psychological distress (SPD) in higher numbers than before. In fact, the U.S. is in the throes of mental health crisis. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2015, there were over 43 million people aged 18 years or older in the country – representing about 18 percent of all adult population — with any mental illness (AMI) within the previous year.

According to the latest study, while more Americans are suffering from SPD, people with mental health conditions are finding it increasingly difficult to get access to the needed mental health care services. Researchers also discovered that SPD was more prevalent in women, middle-aged adults, Hispanic and black people.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), as compared to men, women are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder. As per the agency, it is also not uncommon for someone suffering from an anxiety disorder to suffer from depression or vice versa.

Road to recovery

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental health conditions affect millions of Americans every year. While approximately one in five U.S. adults experiences mental illness in a given year, about one in 25 adults suffered a serious mental illness that interfered with their daily life activities.

However, mental disorders can be treated with timely medical intervention. If you know someone suffering from any mental disorder, help him or her get the essential treatment at a certified mental health rehabilitation center. Contact the 24/7 Mental Health Helpline to get access to one of the best mental health counselors and mental health counseling programs in the U.S. Call us at our 24/7 helpline 855-653-8178 or chat online with our representatives to find one of the finest mental health rehabilitation centers near you.