National survey reveals top mental health concern in each state

Late last week, the insurance company TermLife2Go published the results of a national survey detailing the top mental health concerns in each state.

The results were gathered by utilizing top mental health sites like TalkSpace, NAMI, and MentalHealth.gov. These sites contain information on the top mental health concerns, their symptoms, and potential treatments. The mental health conditions were then run through a Google Trends search in order to find out which mental health concern is most prevalent in each state.

Online Google searches served as the baseline determinant of the top mental health concern in each state: The more Google searches, the more prevalent the issue. Here were some of the top responses as reported by TL2G:

  • Internet addiction, major depressive disorder, and memory loss tied for America’s top mental health concern.
  • Arizona, Maryland, and South Carolina residents googled “stress at work,” while Georgians and Pennsylvanians searched for info about “stress headaches.”
  • Oklahoma ranked high for low sex drive, Coloradans often worried about low libido, and Californians were also concerned with general intimacy issues.
  • Ohioans were the only ones concerned about their potentially obsessive love of coffee.
  • Seasonal affective disorder was the most googled concern in Alaska, where residents can go days without seeing the sun in winter.
  • Utah’s most googled concern was postpartum depression. The CDC routinely places Utah in the top ten states for highest birth rates.
  • The most googled concern in New Hampshire was hyperactivity, a symptom of ADHD. ADHD came in as a close second for the state.
  • Missouri was the only state concerned about its social media habits. Massachusetts, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington worried about full-blown internet addiction.
  • New York googled financial stress more than any other term.
  • Alcoholism is the top mental health concern for internet searchers in Minnesota, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
  • Texans often searched for information on general phobias.
  • Hawaiian residents googled sleep deprivation most often.

 

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The goal of the survey is to better assist Americans in diagnosing and recognizing symptoms of various mental health disorders. At the same time, TL2G warns against the many pitfalls of self-diagnosing on the internet and encourages Americans, regardless of their mental health concerns, to speak with a professional.