Survey Reveals Americans Perceive Disparities in Mental and Physical Care

Survey Reveals Americans Perceive Disparities in Mental and Physical Care
Survey Reveals Americans Perceive Disparities in Mental and Physical Care

75% of respondents consider that mental health conditions are treated worse than physical health conditions. (Illustrative image Infobae)

When asked, the 75% of respondents stated that they felt that the mental health conditions are identified and treated worse than physical health problems, according to a new survey from West Health and Gallup .

The survey consulted a random sample of 2,266 US adults ages 18 and older . In addition to perceptions about treatment, the survey also assessed mental health conditions among participants. 51% reported experiencing depression, anxiety, or other mental health condition in the previous 12 months.

In general, the 15% of respondents He said that he felt that the mental health conditions were treated “more or less the same” as physical health conditions, and the 5% I felt they were treated better than physical health conditions. . Respondents were also asked to rate the ability of the Systems of health to deal with mental health conditions, and most – the 57%- gave a D or F.

The main barriers, according to those surveyed, were the affordability and difficulty in finding a suitable provider. Participants also cited embarrassment and discomfort as impediments to receiving treatment. This was particularly felt among participants who had experienced a mental health problem in the last year: the 74% of those respondents thought that people with mental health conditions are viewed negatively.

The survey asked 2,266 U.S. adults ages 18 and older about their perceptions of mental health treatment. (Illustrative image Infobae)

Furthermore, the 75% of adults of 65 years or older considered that mental health conditions carry a negative stigma, but the 53% of participants considered that counseling or psychological therapy is “very effective” or “effective.” . Fewer adults thought the medication was effective.

Participants were also asked about their perceptions of mental health conditions over the past five years in the USA . More than 80% of respondents said the incidence of problems has increased, with women and respondents under 50 years more likely to perceive an increase in mental health problems among Americans over the past five years.

“Increased attention to achieving parity between mental and physical health could help ensure that mental and emotional health receive appropriate care within the US healthcare system.” said Gallup in a press release.

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