The American Psychiatric Association asserts that anxiety is a “normal reaction to stress.” Anxiety can be expressed as nervousness, fear, and increased alertness. Anxiety is an expression of concern for the future. However, when anxiety becomes excessive or lasts longer than what is considered to be normal, it may indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder.
According to the APA, anxiety disorders represent the most common mental health issue and may affect almost a third of the adult population, with more women than men experiencing the condition.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that 18% of the US population may experience an anxiety disorder annually. In addition, data reveal that 8% of children and teens are affected.
And there’s more…
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that on a global scale, 1 person in 13 people suffer from anxiety.
Imagine doing a head-count for every person in the world—every thirteenth person suffers from anxiety.
The statistics are staggering.
Anxiety affects so many of us worldwide, so let’s take a closer look.