These Are the Most Googled Types of Counseling in Every State

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As adults (or even as kids!), we have to deal with a number of stressful things, be it finances, racial biastoxic friendshipshealth issues that commonly plague women more than men…I could go on. So it's not uncommon to reach out to an expert for some guidance. Recently, researchers decided to uncover what types of counseling are most sought after in the United States—and pinpointed the top focus for each state.

In a new report from MidAmerica Nazarene University, researchers scoured Google search data to determine what kind of professional help people look for most. Overall, the results showed the top-searched types of counseling are for issues related to marriage, alcohol, and family (other contenders included anxiety, compulsion, depression, drugs, money, and trauma). Furthermore, certain entire regions seem to be drawn to one type of counseling.

The most Googled type of counseling in each state
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A large portion of the Northwest and northern Midwest searched for trauma counseling most (including Oregon, Idaho, and the Dakotas), and the Southeast mostly looked for marriage counseling (including Tennessee, Alabama, and the Carolinas). In the middle of the United States, financial counseling was most prominent (including Missouri and Kansas), and three coastal states (California, Florida, Louisiana) searched the most for drug counseling.

The researchers also uncovered which state had the most searches for each type of counseling (and some led in multiple categories): Minnesota was the leader in both anxiety and depression (despite being named the least-stressed state in another study!); Vermont for compulsion and trauma; Wyoming for anger and grief; Massachusetts for alcohol; Florida for drugs; New Mexico for family; Georgia for marriage; and Kansas for financial.

Wherever you are or whatever you're dealing with, don't be afraid to get some help: Doing a quick Google search for nearby counseling is a step in the right direction, but going through with getting the help you need is what really makes the difference.

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