Anxiety is a Big Problem. Getting Help.

What is Anxiety? If you have experienced it, you know it\’s a horrible feeling. Sometimes, we brush it off saying we are stressed-out, but anxiety is a common problem that can lead to debilitating and even tragic ends if untreated.


  • Anxiety disorders, which include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and separation anxiety disorder, are the most common class of mental disorders present in the general population. 1
  • The estimated lifetime prevalence of any anxiety disorder is over 15%, while the 12-month prevalence is more than 10%. 1
  • Prevalence estimates of anxiety disorders are generally higher in developed countries than in developing countries. 1
  • Most anxiety disorders are more prevalent in women than in men. 2
  • One study estimated the annual cost of anxiety disorders in the United States to be approximately $42.3 billion in the 1990s, a majority of which was due to non-psychiatric medical treatment costs. This estimate focused on short-term effects and did not include the effect of outcomes such as the increased risk of other disorders. 3
    *See individual sources below. Original source

The good news is that the stigma around mental illness and mental health has improved over the years, yet for those who suffer, they can still feel isolated, alone and unsupported. Many times, not understanding what is happening, how to get help or that help even exists is what exacerbates this feeling.

Anxiety and mental illness are serious and sometimes critical. Understanding and taking action to help yourself or someone you love is imperative.

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  1. Kessler RC, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Alonso J, Chatterji S, Lee S, Ormel J, Ustün TB, Wang PS. The global burden of mental disorders: an update from the WHO World Mental Health (WMH) surveys. Epidemiol Psichiatr Soc 2009;18(1):23–33.
  2. McLean CP, Asnaani A, Litz BT, Hofmann SG. Gender differences in anxiety disorders: Prevalence, course of illness, comorbidity and burden of illness. J Psychiatr Res 2011; Mar23.
  3. Greenberg PE, Sisitsky T, Kessler RC, Finkelstein SN, Berndt ER, Davidson JR, Ballenger JC, Fyer AJ. The economic burden of anxiety disorders in the 1990s. J Clin Psychiatry 1999;60(7):427–35.

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