The specter of COVID-19 has no doubt worsened anxiety and depression, but make no mistake: Folks experienced challenges well before the pandemic.
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults reported having a mental illness in the past year and upwards of 17 million adults and 3 million children suffered a major depressive episode, according to one recent study.
About a third of adults felt worried, nervous or anxious on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, the study found.
And that’s before COVID-19.
If you’ve counted yourself lately among the anxious or worried, take solace in knowing that mental health services are well within reach.
Spectrum Health recently unveiled an online resource for mental health services, which people can access without a doctor’s