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by Richard LeBeau, Ph.D.

When people find out that I am a clinical psychologist, one of the most common responses I get is, “How do I help someone in my life struggling with mental health issues?” There is a reason this response occurs with such frequency. In 2017, 7.1% of all adults in the United States had one or more major depressive episodes and 19.1% met diagnostic criteria for at least one anxiety disorder. Now consider that these numbers don’t include any of the following:

  1. People who had less severe symptoms of depression or anxiety
  2. People who had significant depressive episodes and anxiety disorders prior to 2017
  3. People who struggled with mental health problems other than depression and anxiety (e.g., substance use, eating disorders, psychotic disorders) in 2017

These facts demonstrate that the percentage of individuals struggling with significant mental health problems at any given time is staggering. As such, virtually all people are closely acquainted with at least one person who is currently struggling with a mental health problem.

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