Mental Health Search Statistics for UK in 2017

Let’s look at what mental health topics were prevalent when it comes to UK online search statistics in 2017 and throughout the past five years.

Mental health online search statistics for UK by the proportion of searches

The below spreadsheet shows various selected mental health topics ranked by the proportion of online searches they had in 2017. The computation is done for the UK alone.

2017
1 Anxiety 20.5%
2 Depression 17.6%
3 Stress 13.1%
4 Suicide 11.0%
5 Abuse 9.1%
6 Addiction 6.1%
7 Bipolar disorder 4.5%
8 Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 3.1%
9 Borderline personality disorder (BPD) 2.7%
10 Bereavement 2.5%
11 Personality disorder 2.5%
12 Seasonal affective disorder 1.9%
13 Eating disorder 1.5%
14 Self-esteem 1.5%
15 Postpartum depression 1.0%
16 Binge eating 0.6%
17 Social anxiety disorder 0.4%
18 Low mood 0.2%
19 Panic disorder 0.1%

 

Similar ranking of mental health topic searches in the UK is shown below also. The spreadsheet contains the proportions of online search statistics for the period of five years from 2013 to 2017.

2013-17
1 Depression 18.1%
2 Anxiety 17.4%
3 Stress 12.9%
4 Suicide 11.5%
5 Abuse 9.7%
6 Addiction 6.8%
7 Bipolar disorder 5.3%
8 Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 3.4%
9 Personality disorder 2.6%
10 Borderline personality disorder (BPD) 2.4%
11 Bereavement 2.3%
12 Seasonal affective disorder 1.9%
13 Eating disorder 1.7%
14 Self-esteem 1.6%
15 Postpartum depression 1.0%
16 Binge eating 0.6%
17 Social anxiety disorder 0.5%
18 Low mood 0.2%
19 Panic disorder 0.1%

 

Mental health search statistics growth by topic for the UK

The below spreadsheet shows the growth rate of online searches for the selected topics in the UK in 2017. We can see that panic disorder is leading with astonishing 23% annual growth rate. Bereavement, binge eating, anxiety and borderline personality disorder (BPD) are the rest of the top five.

2017/16
1 Panic disorder 23%
2 Bereavement 16%
3 Binge eating 15%
4 Anxiety 11%
5 Borderline personality disorder (BPD) 9%
6 Stress 7%
7 Seasonal affective disorder 6%
8 Personality disorder 5%
9 Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 4%
10 Eating disorder 4%
11 Low mood 4%
12 Depression 2%
13 Addiction 2%
14 Self-esteem 1%
15 Suicide 1%
16 Abuse 0%
17 Postpartum depression -4%
18 Bipolar disorder -6%
19 Social anxiety disorder -9%

 

If we take a look at what mental health topic searches grew in the period of the last 4 years—i.e. from 2013 to 2017, we can see that low mood had the highest rise in the UK. Followed by anxiety, borderline personality disorder (BPD), bereavement and binge eating in the remaining top five places.

2017/13
1 Low mood 36%
2 Anxiety 16%
3 Borderline personality disorder (BPD) 11%
4 Bereavement 8%
5 Binge eating 6%
6 Stress 5%
7 Seasonal affective disorder 5%
8 Depression 4%
9 Personality disorder 3%
10 Suicide 3%
11 Abuse 3%
12 Panic disorder 2%
13 Postpartum depression 2%
14 Addiction 1%
15 Eating disorder 1%
16 Self-esteem 1%
17 Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) -1%
18 Social anxiety disorder -4%
19 Bipolar disorder -4%