Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition. If you or someone you love is experiencing anxiety, you’re not alone! In the United States:
- In any given year, almost 1 in 5 adults (18%) show symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
- 1 in 4 adolescents (age 13-18) live with anxiety.
- Most anxiety disorders are more common in women. But social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affect men and women equally.
- It’s common to experience multiple anxiety disorders at once. It’s also common to experience anxiety along with other mental health conditions, especially depression.
- Of the people experiencing an anxiety disorder, only about 1 in 3 receive treatment.
The most common types of anxiety are:
|Type||% of U.S. population|
|Phobias (for example, fear of heights)||8.7%|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||3.5%|
|Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)||3.1%|
|Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)||1.0%|
Because anxiety disorders are so common, we know a lot about them. Living with anxiety is a challenge, but it can be treated.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Facts & Statistics. Retrieved September 25, 2020, from https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics