Persons with serious psychological distress in the U.S. 1997-2016, by location

This statistic shows the percentage of persons with serious psychological distress in the past 30 days among adults 18 years of age and over, in the U.S. from 1997 to 2016, by location of residence. In the period 2015-2016, 3.3 percent of all adults within the metropolitan statistical area in the United States had such problems.

Percentage of persons with serious psychological distress in the past month in the U.S. from 1997 to 2016, by location of residence*

Within MSA**Outside MSA**
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Release date

September 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

1997 to 2016

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Serious psychological distress is measured by a six-question scale that asks respondents how often they experienced each of six symptoms of psychological distress in the past 30 days.
Estimates are age-adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using five age groups: 18-44 years, 45-54 years, 55-64 years, 65-74 years, and 75 years and over.
Includes all other races not shown separately.
Values not included in the pdf version of the report were taken from the Health, United States, trend tables.
** MSA is metropolitan statistical area. Starting with 2006-2007 data, MSA status is determined using 2000 census data and the 2000 standards for defining MSAs.

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