Latest Pulse Survey on Anxiety and Depression during Pandemic

May 6, 2021

The latest Household Pulse Survey shows 1 out of 3 U.S. adults (32.1%) had symptoms of an anxiety or a depressive disorder in the past week.  This is the lowest percentage since the start of the survey a year ago.  Also, more than half of 18-29 year olds experienced the same symptoms.

More Findings:

  • Almost 10% of U.S. adults say they needed counseling or therapy, but did not get it the past month.  This is a 1.2 percentage decrease from more than a year ago.
  • Almost 1 out of 4 U.S. adults (24%)  delayed or did not get needed medical care in the past month due to the pandemic. This estimate is almost 5 percentage points lower than the estimate from March 17-29, 2021.
  • 25% of U.S. adults had an appointment with a health professional over video or phone in the past month.  
  • 2 out of 5 U.S. adults with a disability (40.5%) had an appointment with a health professional over video or phone in the past month.

To rapidly monitor recent changes in mental health, NCHS partnered with the Census Bureau on an experimental data system called the Household Pulse Survey. This 20-minute online survey was designed to complement the ability of the federal statistical system to rapidly respond and provide relevant information about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. The data collection period for Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey occurred between April 23, 2020 and July 21, 2020. Phase 2 data collection occurred between August 19, 2020 and October 26, 2020. Phase 3 data collection occurred between October 28, 2020 and March 29, 2021. Data collection for Phase 3.1 of the survey began on April 14, 2021 and will continue through July 5, 2021.


Tracking Health Care Access and Mental Health Data During Pandemic

March 16, 2021

NCHS partnered with the Census Bureau on an experimental data system called the Household Pulse Survey to monitor recent changes in monitor trends in mental health, health insurance coverage, and problems accessing care. This 20-minute online survey was designed to complement the ability of the federal statistical system to rapidly respond and provide relevant information about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

The data collection period for Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey occurred between April 23, 2020 and July 21, 2020. Phase 2 data collection occurred between August 19, 2020 and October 26, 2020.  Phase 3 of the Household Pulse Survey began data collection on October 28, 2020.

Highlights from recent data (February 17-March 1, 2021) in the Household Pulse Survey show:

  • Nearly 2 in 5 adults (38.9%) experienced symptoms associated with anxiety disorder and/or depressive disorder in the last 7 days.  This percentage is the lowest since October 2020.
  • One in 9 adults (11.9%) said they needed counseling or therapy for their mental health but did not get it in the last 4 weeks.
  • More than 3 in 10 adults (31.9%) delayed or did not get needed medical care in the last four weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic; This is a significant decrease from February 3-15 (34.2%).

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/covid19/health-care-access-and-mental-health.htm


QuickStats: Percentage of Children and Adolescents Aged 4–17 Years with Serious Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties by Sex and Urbanization Level

March 13, 2020

During 2016–2018, the percentage of children and adolescents aged 4–17 years with serious emotional or behavioral difficulties was higher among those living in nonmetropolitan areas (6.7%) than among those living in metropolitan areas (5.3%).

Among boys, those living in nonmetropolitan areas (8.5%) were more likely to have serious emotional or behavioral difficulties than those living in metropolitan areas (6.6%), but the difference among girls was smaller and not significant.

Among children and adolescents living in either metropolitan or nonmetropolitan areas, boys were more likely than girls to have serious emotional or behavioral difficulties.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2016–2018. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/index.htm.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6910a6.htm