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Despite an overall sentiment of understanding and agreement that mental health recently has become more of a health care priority, and the openness of many adults about mental health since the pandemic started, there is a need to expand access to treatment, educate about mood disorders, reduce stigma and close gaps when it comes to mental health care.
People diagnosed with a mood disorder experience symptoms and impacts in a variety of ways. These impacts have a particularly strong effect on relationships, with many participants reporting that their diagnosis affects how they are treated by others, which may lead them to feel misunderstood.
Adults with a mood disorder see a wide range of treatment options – including medication, therapy, and peer support – as helpful, though most say trying to find the right option is frustrating. Lack of information about eligibility and high cost prevent access to treatment and support. In addition to formal treatment, complementary approaches like supportive personal relationships are seen as key to the recovery process.
The public seems to understand some of the impacts of living with a mood disorder and the long recovery process, but some common misconceptions persist.
The COVID-19 pandemic posed new challenges to mental health, but it has also increased openness. It also spurred the rise of telehealth, which may help mitigate access issues and close the gap in support.
Thank you to our partners who helped support our 2021 National Mood Disorder Survey to better understand the experiences of people with mood disorders and their family members.