“All of us at anxietycentre.com have experienced debilitating anxiety. But we’ve also overcome it and returned to normal and lasting health. Because we know the hardship anxiety unwellness can cause, we are committed to helping others, with over 30 years of service.” - Jim Folk, President, anxietycentre.com

Anxiety Effects On Society Statistics

Anxiety Disorder Statistics

Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States (approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54). - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Current estimates put this number much higher - approximately 30 percent - as many people don't seek help, are misdiagnosed, or don't know they have issues with anxiety.

According to The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders, a study commissioned by the ADAA and based on data gathered by the association and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one third of the $148 billion total mental health bill for the U.S.

More than $22.84 billion of those costs are associated with the repeated use of healthcare services, as those with anxiety disorders seek relief for symptoms that mimic physical illnesses.

People with an anxiety disorder are three-to-five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than non-sufferers.

Anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in North America. It's estimated that one third of the North American adult population experiences anxiety unwellness issues.

A recent survey showed 41 percent of employees from a range of industries reported high levels of anxiety in the workplace.

A recent study by University of Toronto Scarborough and Rotman School of Management professors Julie McCarthy and John Trougakos, along with Bonnie Cheng from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, found that high levels of emotional exhaustion that come from workplace anxiety can directly lead to lower job performance.

Another report found that more than half of college students sought help for their anxiety issues. Research has found that anxiety can impede learning, which often leads to lower academic achievement and performance.

Anxiety and anxiety related conditions negatively impact individuals and our society, yet few seek and receive good help:

Anxiety Disorder Statistics - 30 percent

Further statistics show:

Marijuana and anxiety:


Generalized Anxiety Disorder: 6.8 million, 3.1%.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 2.2 million, 1.0%.

Panic Disorder: 6 million, 2.7%.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: 7.7 million, 3.5%.

Social Anxiety Disorder: 15 million, 6.8%.

Specific Phobia affects: 19 million, 8.7%.

SOURCE: Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)

According to our statistics over the last 10 years, 54 percent of woman and 46 percent of men experience anxiety disorder.

These are just a few of the ways unresolved anxiety affects our society.

Those who have an anxiety condition:

In addition to anxiety disorder impairment, those who seek help may encounter real and perceived barriers to help:

We encourage anxiety sufferers to seek help. Only through proper help can lasting health be attained. Many believe that their condition will “ just go away”. Unfortunately, the reverse is true…the longer the condition remains, the more entrenched it becomes, and the more difficult it is to resolve. Seeking proper help early provides the best results.

With the right help and healing, those who have experienced an anxiety condition can:

These are just a few of the many benefits healing and a return to renewed health can bring.

Here is a listing of common anxiety symptoms.

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The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated January 1, 2019.

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