How common is anxiety really? (2024)

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. It’s a mental health condition characterized by persistent and excessive worry about everyday situations. These feelings of anxiety can be intense and sometimes debilitating, making it challenging to carry out day-to-day activities.


How Common is Anxiety


Anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent mental health conditions worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides alarming statistics:

  • An estimated 4% of the global population currently experience an anxiety disorder.
  • In 2019, approximately 301 million people worldwide had an anxiety disorder, making it the most common of all mental disorders.
  • Despite the availability of effective treatments, only about 1 in 4 people in need (27.6%) receive any treatment. Barriers include lack of awareness, underinvestment in mental health services, insufficiently trained healthcare providers, and social stigma.

Symptoms of Anxiety

Here’s a quick look at some common symptoms of anxiety:

Symptom Description
Excessive Worry Persistent and excessive worry about a variety of topics, events, or activities.
Restlessness or Feeling On Edge An inability to relax, feeling constantly 'on the alert' or jittery.
Muscle Tension Frequent muscle tightness or aches, often without physical cause.

How to Treat Anxiety

Effective treatment for anxiety is available. Here’s an overview:

Treatment Option Description
Psychotherapy Talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), can help identify and change negative thought patterns.
Medication Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and beta-blockers can help manage some of the physical symptoms.
Lifestyle Changes Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and a healthy diet can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety.

You Are Not Alone 

If you’re struggling with anxiety, remember, you’re not alone. Millions around the world share your experience, and effective treatments are available. Understanding your condition is the first step toward managing it. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support and take steps toward a calmer, more fulfilling life.