67% of Americans Say Therapy Improved Their Emotional Health in 2021

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Chattanooga, Tennessee—

 

 

Eight in 10 Americans think it’s perfectly acceptable to see a therapist without an official diagnosis, according to new research.

A recent survey of 2,002 U.S. respondents suggests that 67% felt more in touch with their emotions in 2021 compared to 2020, and continued therapy may be the cause.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Vida Health, the survey also found that 46% think getting therapy is a sign of weakness. This mirrors the results of a similar survey conducted by OnePoll and Vida Health in 2020, in which 47% of those polled felt the same way — suggesting that attempts to break the stigma haven’t gotten very much traction.

And nearly half of Americans are more hesitant to receive virtual health care the more severe their mental or physical health symptoms get, suggesting a greater need for solutions that can reach higher acuity populations.

Millennials were the most reluctant to seek virtual therapy as their symptoms progressed (70%), more than Gen X respondents (41%) and baby boomers (20%) combined.

Eight in 10 said they’ve sought out or undergone more mental health treatment over the past year than they had before.

Two in five have either continued or started taking medication to treat their mental health symptoms.

In addition to dealing with general stress (49%) and the pandemic (46%), people frequently sought help after starting or ending a romantic relationship (43%) or becoming a parent for the first time (36%)