Depression and anxiety are harmful to health. People who suffer from depression or anxiety are more likely to engage in risky health behaviors and have higher risk of various chronic diseases and premature death. This data slice uses data from the 2022 National Wellbeing Survey to explore the prevalence of depression and anxiety among U.S. adults ages 18-64. The results show that sexual minority adults are significantly more likely than those who identify as heterosexual to suffer from depression and anxiety, and differences in prevalence rates between sexual minority and heterosexual women are larger than the differences between men.
Depression, Anxiety, Mental Health, Sexual Minority
Gender and Sexuality | Mental and Social Health | Sociology
Grove, Joshua, "Sexual Minorities are More Depressed and Anxious than Heterosexuals in the U.S., Especially among Women" (2023). Population Health Research Brief Series. 231.
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