A survey conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Monarch showed that the mental health of Americans is suffering. About half of Americans feel that they have lost control of their lives in the last year.
In the survey of 2000 Americans, 44% said that they got to their lowest point emotionally. Another 47% reported feeling helpless. A large number of Americans (42%) reported dealing with anxiety within the last year. About 32% dealt with loneliness and 37% with depression.
A low percentage of Americans are working actively on their mental health
Although 72% of the respondents believed that mental health was important, only 18% admitted going to therapy. Of those trying to find help, 46% said they had trouble finding a therapist that would help them, while 54% said they had trouble finding one that understood them.
However, 6 in 10 Americans have come to take their mental and physical health more seriously because of the pandemic, with 56% saying they place more importance on their mental health. Several people believe that visiting a physician has been easier with the pandemic, with 30% saying it has been easier to find an appointment with their schedule.
Other issues Americans admitted to facing were finding an affordable doctor (24%), finding one that their insurance covers (32%) and finding a doctor who they could easily commute to (23%).
An increased number of Americans sought help through telehealth
Of the participants, 35% had used telehealth. Most of them (75%) had used it for the first time in 2020. Among the participants who had used telehealth, 3 out of 4 thought it was better than seeing a doctor in person. About 49% of the respondents said the doctors paid more attention to their issues, while 48% said they planned to continue telehealth after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, 60% of Americans used telehealth to see general practitioners, 29% for therapists and 35% for specialised physicians. Of the Americans in therapy, 57% believe that technology makes it easier to see a professional therapist. Others (53%) think that telehealth makes treatment more accessible. Although telehealth cannot replace in-person sessions, it has been instrumental in offering services during the pandemic.