More than 50 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds in the United States reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression during the week of July 9-14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rates were lower among older Americans. Overall, about 40 percent of the U.S. adult population reported such symptoms, up from only 11 percent in the first half of 2019, according to a different CDC study.

Sources: “Mental Health,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed July 23, 2020,; “Early Release of Selected Mental Health Estimates Based on Data from the January-June 2019 National Health Interview Survey,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2020,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Age Group Percentage Experiencing Symptoms of Anxiety and/or Depression
18-29 55%
30-39 46.8%
40-49 41.6%
50-59 39.8%
60-69 31.8%
70-79 21.4%
80 and Over 18.9%
Overall 40.3%

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