Texans Not Afraid to Look Up Mental Health Concerns Online
By David Doolittle

What are you afraid of?

Spiders?

Monkeys?

Clowns?

Spider monkeys dressed as clowns?

Well, whatever phobia you have, you’re likely not alone.

And if you’ve ever looked up mental health concerns such as “phobia,” in Texas, you’re really not alone.

Turns out, “phobia” is the most-Googled mental health concern in Texas, according to a study published at termlife2go.com. For the study, termlife2go used data from health sites such as NAMI, TalkSpace, and MentalHealth.gov to compile a list of the most common mental health concerns, along with their symptoms and stressors.

“Phobia” topped the list not only in Texas but in Nebraska as well. (Better hope those flatlanders don’t have kalampokiphobia. That’s the fear of corn, according to this website, which has been well-researched, I’m sure.)

Anyway, although you as a physician might not spend a lot of time consulting Dr. Google, many of your patients do. So it’s a good idea to know what people are most worried about. Plus, let’s be honest, it’s just interesting to see what people in other parts of the country are concerned about.

So, presented without any attempt at analysis, here are some of the top mental health concerns by state, according to the study:

  • Internet addiction tops the list in Washington, Oregon, Virginia, and Massachusetts.
  • Floridians are most concerned about financial stress, as are New Yorkers.
  • Seasonal affective disorder is a big deal in Alaska – I’m sure those two-month-long nights on the North Shore don’t have anything to do with that. (OK, so that was an attempt at analysis. Sorry.)
  • Low libido, intimacy issues, and fear of intimacy concern people in Oklahoma, California, Maryland, Tennessee, and Colorado.
  • Live in Louisiana or Utah? You’re biggest concern might be post-partum depression.
  • Do you get stress headaches? So do a lot of people in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
  • Delaware is worried about amnesia, while Iowa and Alabama struggle with memory loss.

Last Updated On

August 22, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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