A newly released Gallup poll found depression has never been so prevalent among Americans—especially the young.
The poll, released last Monday, found that 29 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives, while the percentage of those currently being treated for the mental illness has hit 17.8 percent.
Both results are the highest they’ve ever been since the polling company started keeping track under current methods in 2015. The percentage of Americans who have been diagnosed with depression has increased by 10 percent in that time.
The survey, which was conducted from 21-28 February, asked 5,167 U.S. adults: “Has a doctor or nurse ever told you that you have depression?” and “Do you currently have or are you currently being treated for depression?”
The report noted that the rate of depression in women has risen at nearly twice the rate of men since 2017. A total of 36.7 percent of women now say they’ve been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives compared with 20.4 percent of men.
Dr. Rebecca Brendel, president of the American Psychiatric Association, which was not involved in the new research, told CNN, one of the media’s biggest proponent of lockdowns that based its business model on selling COVID hysteria, that it is not surprising that more Americans are battling with depression.
“There are lingering effects on our health, especially our mental health, from the past three years that disrupted everything we knew,” she said.
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has warned for years that the unprecedented lockdowns to “stop the spread” of COVID-19 were ineffective and did nothing but crush the economy and the spirit of millions of Americans.
As Gerald Celente warned, “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.” The data proves they “lost it.” (See “COVID-19 FALLOUT: SUICIDE RATES IN U.S. JUMP FOR FIRST TIME IN YEARS AMID LOCKDOWNS” 18 Apr 2023, “AS WE FORECAST, COVID WAR DESTROYED THE HUMAN SPIRIT” 21 Feb 2023 and “THE COST OF IGNORANT ‘EXPERT’ POLICY MAKERS DURING COVID” 14 Feb 2023.)
The Gallup poll noted that clinical depression has been on the rise even before the COVID-19 outbreak but “jumped notably in its wake.”
“Social isolation, loneliness, fear of infection, psychological exhaustion (particularly among front-line responders such as healthcare workers), elevated substance abuse, and disruptions in mental health services have all likely played a role,” Gallup said in a statement.
Individuals 18 to 29 years old have a 34.3 percent chance of being diagnosed in their lifetimes, along with those 30 to 44 who have a 34.9 percent chance.
Gallup said, “Women (23.8 percent) and adults aged 18 to 29 (24.6 percent) also have the highest rates of current depression or treatment for depression. These two groups (up 6.2 and 11.6 percentage points, respectively), as well as adults aged 30 to 44, have the fastest-rising rates compared with 2017 estimates.”
The National Center for Health Statistics said last month that suicide rates in the U.S. rose 4 percent in 2021 after falling for the two previous years while politicians were locking down Americans to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Sally Curtin, statistician and co-author of the NCHS report, told Time magazine that the increasing rates could point to the return of old stressors that were “suppressed by the unusual circumstances of lockdowns and remote schooling and work.”
A recent KFF/CNN survey found that 90 percent of U.S. adults believe that the country is facing a mental health crisis.