Teen Anxiety

Lauren Moulton

What is Teen Anxiety?

It is normal for teens to experience some anxiety, but it can lead to more serious problems. Constant anxiety can lead to disorders that teens can suffer with their entire life. High school is a time with a lot of pressure from your parents wanting you to succeed as you go into your next phase of your life. Without being treated, it can become very severe.

Facts and Statistics

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population.
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year
  • 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 those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
  • Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
  • Anxiety affects a sufferer physically as well as mentally
  • Anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the United States
  • Teenagers with anxiety receive treatment less frequently – only 1 in 5 teen sufferers do.
  • Statistically, women are more commonly afflicted by anxiety disorders than men.