Anxiety and depression among U.S. adults spiked over the pandemic
Compared to 2019, the pandemic put a significant strain on the mental health of many people in the U.S., with the share of adults reporting anxiety or depression symptoms nearly quadrupling over the course of 2020.
Line chart comparing trends in adults reporting anxiety and depressive disorder symptoms from Apr. 23, 2020 to Aug. 16, 2021.
Data drawn from the Household Pulse Survey, which measured frequency of anxiety and depression symptoms over the last seven days using a modified version of the two-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) and the two-item Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-2) scale. No data was collected between January 2020 to March 2020.