Study Shows What Problems Americans Are Getting Counseling for

According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, nearly half of American households have someone who has sought out mental health care. The stigma that was often attached to pursuing mental wellness is slowly going away—and Americans are increasingly taking charge of their mental health because of it.

One such way to take charge of your mental wellness is to regularly visit a licensed counselor, who can help you improve your quality of life and learn how to deal with symptoms of anxiety, depression, or better your relationships with your spouse or your children.

To learn more about the specific types of counseling Americans are seeking out, MidAmerica Nazarene University recently performed a study where they looked at and analyzed Google search data—and the results are surprising.

The Study Results

The researchers at MidAmerica Nazarene University combed through the most commonly Googled types of counseling (as compared to national search averages on Google) and created a map based on their findings.

According to the data, there were eight commonly Googled types of counseling, which included alcohol, anxiety, compulsion, depression, drug, marriage, money, and trauma. Of these commonly searched types of counseling, the researchers found that there were three most sought-after types of counseling in the country: marriage, alcohol, and family.

But one of the most interesting things that the researchers found is that the most commonly sought-after types of counseling weren’t just the same across the board throughout the country. The data map they created visually displays the type of counseling each state most commonly searched for, which generated some interesting patterns.

Curiously enough, only two states in the country—Indiana and Minnesota—most commonly seek out counseling for depression (which is one of the most common types of mental health conditions). And only three states in the U.S.—California, Louisiana, and Florida—most commonly seek out counseling for drugs (again, a very common affliction in the U.S.).

There are four states that most commonly search for help with compulsion—Nevada (unsurprisingly), Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and New York—and four states that most commonly search for help with anxiety—Utah, New Mexico, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Four states—Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Kentucky—search the most for money counseling. And just five states in the country—Washington, Arizona, Iowa, Massachusetts, and New Jersey—most commonly seek out counseling for alcohol (even though it’s one of the most commonly searched for types of counseling).

A whopping 11 states most commonly search for marriage counseling—Colorado, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. However, 17 states searched for trauma counseling—Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas, West Virginia, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Patterns We Can See from the Data

The researchers who made this counseling data map from analyzing Google data discovered some pretty fascinating patterns when they broke the data down by state. Let’s take a look at some of the patterns we can discern just by looking at the map.

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Source: Christianity Today