Teen Anxiety

By Thomas Drake

Facts and Statistics

1) Surpassing even depression, anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the United States. It’s estimated that approximately 10 percent of teenagers suffer from an anxiety disorder.

2) Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 1 in 5 teen sufferers receive treatment.

3) People with an anxiety disorder are six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.

4) Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

5) Anxiety affects a sufferer physically as well as mentally. Some physical symptoms, especially during a panic attack, include shortness of breath, shaking, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, dizzy spells, and more.

6) Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country's $148 billion total mental health bill.

7) Statistically, women are more commonly afflicted by anxiety disorders than men.

8) Although anxiety disorders can be triggered by extended environmental stress or traumatic life events, anyone can be afflicted with anxiety disorders.

9) Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

10) Variations of anxiety include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

For more information go to:


Anxiety and Depression Association of America