Before I show you any anxiety-related statistics, you need to understand that statistics can be misleading as anxiety is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
I'll show you the most important statistic first. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that 86% people living with anxiety disorders are treated with inadequate methods or simply don't seek for help.
Any adult's chance of having anxiety at some point of their life:
The number of people who are suffering or have experienced anxiety disorder over the past year 12 months in the US:
- Any anxiety disorder: 28.8%
- Generalized anxiety disorder: 5.7%
- Panic disorder: 4.7%
- Specific phobia: 12.5%
- Social phobia: 12.1%
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: 6.8%
- Obsessive compulsive disorder: 1.6%
- Any anxiety disorder: 40,000,000
- Generalized anxiety disorder: 6,800,000
- Panic disorder: 6,000,000
- Specific phobia: 19,000,000
- Social phobia: 15,000,000
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: 7,700,000
- Obsessive compulsive disorder: 2,200,000
Non-Hispanic Whites are about 25% more likely to develop anxiety than other ethnic groups in the US. 50% of children that once had anxiety will develop the condition again later in life. Women are 60% more likely than men to develop anxiety due to trauma of rape.
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