What's Really Causing America's Mental Health Crisis? : Consider This from NPR This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced recommendations that doctors screen all patients under 65 for anxiety.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we've heard about sharp increases in the number of people suffering from mental health problems.

With a health care system already overburdened and seemingly unable to deal with the rise in mental health issues, America is facing what is being called a mental health crisis.

But are we losing sight of another crisis - the issues causing increased anxiety and depression in Americans?

Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Danielle Carr about her recent essay in the New York Times, Mental Health Is Political.

What's Really Causing America's Mental Health Crisis?

What's Really Causing America's Mental Health Crisis?

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A man wears a face mask as he walks on Pier 45 in Hudson River Park in New York. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a harsh toll on the mental health of young Americans, according to a new poll that finds adults under 35 especially likely to report negative feelings or experience physical or emotional symptoms associated with stress and anxiety. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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A man wears a face mask as he walks on Pier 45 in Hudson River Park in New York. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a harsh toll on the mental health of young Americans, according to a new poll that finds adults under 35 especially likely to report negative feelings or experience physical or emotional symptoms associated with stress and anxiety. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced recommendations that doctors screen all patients under 65 for anxiety.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we've heard about sharp increases in the number of people suffering from mental health problems.

With a health care system already overburdened and seemingly unable to deal with the rise in mental health issues, America is facing what is being called a mental health crisis.

But are we losing sight of another crisis - the political and social issues causing increased anxiety and depression in Americans?

Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Danielle Carr about her recent essay in the New York Times, Mental Health Is Political.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Robert Baldwin III. It was edited by Jeanette Woods. Our executive producer is Natalie Winston.