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yuhh234 t1_j8d9wy8 wrote

How was it in 2018 or 2019, I see no spike here


SkokieRob t1_j8d8scy wrote

I am not sure you know what a spike is... I'd call it a gentle slope.


peardr0p t1_j8d95lk wrote

Without showing the pre-pandemic data, not sure you can even say that!


92835 t1_j8dc8be wrote

Given the x-axis is very condensed I think this can reasonably be called a strike a relative 25% increase (ie. the number of people with anxiety or depression increasing by 25% of its original value) in two and a half years is quite considerable.

I agree it’s a bad way to present the data and hard to really tell the significance of the strike without data from the years before.


Freak_Out_Bazaar t1_j8da47i wrote

It’s actually hard to believe that the other 67% do not experience anxiety in life


Redditor274929 t1_j8en5n3 wrote

Depends if its asking about anxiety the emotion or the disorder. These results seem to high for generalised anxiety disorder and too low for just the emotion. My guess is a bunch of Americans were asked this exact question and just interpreted it differently


92835 t1_j8dciry wrote

It’s very hard to say anything about this data without more context. A 25% relative increase in anxiety and depression in less than three years certainly seems like a lot (even if the data is presented in a way that makes it seem otherwise), but without the context of how variable the statistic was in the years prior, it’s hard to say for sure.


Only-Reach-3938 t1_j8da7r7 wrote

This graph gives me anxiety. It’s like I’m missing out


co-wmh-ojh t1_j8dofxl wrote

I know there has been a spike but your data set doesn’t do a great job or representing it. It is hard to say rates have spiked when you don’t show the data before Q2 2020. A 7 point raise in 2 years doesn’t seem like a spike.


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BangaiiWatchman t1_j8esx88 wrote

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jmirvish t1_j8dofq6 wrote

I've been working as a psychiatrist since prior to the pandemic. Certainly, everyone simultaneously dealing with an unflinching stressor led to a huge increase in adjustment disorders, though I will say that from a mood/anxiety standpoint, people proved more resilient than I would've assumed -- it's a testament to the human ability to adjust to things.

It would be interesting to see self reports like these plotted alongside diagnosis rates of disorders like Major Depressive or Generalized Anxiety disorders. The pandemic also happened to crop up during a societal shift in mindfulness and public identification of mental health issues, which even several years prior would have been more of a taboo to disclose. The truth is that nearly 100% of people experience at least transient, clinically significant periods of sadness or worry in their lives, and there's no way to know which proportion of any of these respondents would meet threshold for any kind of diagnosis.

In spite of the upward trend of the chart, I think this reflects a positive trend overall. Stressed or sad people who answered yes to this survey are either seeking help or more likely to do so than the people in this survey who feel the same way inside but said no when asked. Over the course of my brief career so far I've already seen a shift in people's engagement in care. I hope it continues


BourboneAFCV t1_j8dcbnd wrote

My mental health is higher than the Venezuelan inflation


10xwannabe t1_j8ddujq wrote

Can you back up the same graphic 2 years prior? My guess is mental illness has been on the rise for AWHILE! I know the numbers back that up for pediatric and young adults so COVID was not the explanation in those groups.

Agree with others that is not a spike either.


Ochosinkoo t1_j8de9dy wrote

Its tough to tell if there was an increase since pre covid data is not included, this would benefit from adding 2019 data or even comparing it against other events


impersonatefun t1_j8eaib3 wrote

Spike doesn’t seem like the right word.

And of course this is awful, but it would’ve expected it to be higher given the circumstances.


LucienSatanClaus t1_j8i5wao wrote

I know the data itself is important, but this presentation is as basic as it gets.


frizzleisapunk t1_j8eqc89 wrote

I'm honestly surprised it's this low. How is there is still a majority of people without anxiety or depression??


BangaiiWatchman t1_j8et4er wrote

While there’s no formal definition of “epidemic”, 30% feels a little dramatic


whodis101010 t1_j8fm2yk wrote

I'm in this picture and I don't like it.


Sea-Click-P99 t1_j8ggmf7 wrote

Should be taken extremely seriously.


spicer2 OP t1_j8d8gr5 wrote

Tools used: Datylon

Source: GWI USA (Full disclosure, I work for GWI)

Methodology/other bits: GWI USA started in Q2 2020, so annoyingly we don't have a benchmark for pre-pandemic rates of mental health. But the trend is pretty clear - and has had another recent spike, likely off the back of inflation and cost-of-living worries.

Note this is self-reported data - this is based on respondents who declare whether or not they experience these conditions. In other words, the data in the chart is from the question "do you experience these currently", not "do you currently see a doctor about these".


Gedankensortieren t1_j8da1kb wrote

> so annoyingly we don't have a benchmark for pre-pandemic rates of mental health

If you don't have data supporting your story, just don't tell your story - especially not in the headline.

It is a serious topic, and I bet better data, covering a much longer timescale, exist. Your data does not even cover two years.


Series_G t1_j8g9jkg wrote

You can't say there's a spike if you don't have pre-pandemic data shown. Maybe the #'s were higher in 2018 for some reason. We'll never know.