anxiety statistics and anxiety in the news


In the United States, as reported by economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Google searches for anxiety have doubled in the past eight years. Certain terms are typed more often: ‘anxiety at night’ is skyrocketing, while ‘anxiety in the morning’ is also on the rise.

In Canada, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) says anxiety disorders are now the most common mental health problem in women, and are second only to substance abuse in men. The Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada (ADAC) says “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in Canada.” A couple of years ago a CBC television documentary reported that “Anxiety is being called the disease of the 21st century.”

In the UK, the most recent mental health studies show that there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety and that women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders as men.

Media Interest

The Sun, October 19, 2016. X Factor boyband star slams show for giving him ‘depression, anxiety and eating disorder’ Kingsland Road star Joe Conaboy has hit out following the ‘astounding lack of support’ he received.

People, October 19, 2016. Rachel Bloom Opens Up About Her ‘Spiral’ into Depression and Anxiety — and How Meditation Has Helped The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star talks about anxiety and depression.

Shape, October 18, 2016. Woah, Can Anxiety Increase Your Risk of Cancer? A new study suggests the two conditions may be linked, but only for a specific group of people.

Glamour UK, October 18, 2016. The ‘anxiety’ jumper that has everyone talking today. Would you wear a festive jumper with “Anxious” emblazoned across the front to raise awareness for anxiety disorder?

The Huffington Post UK, October 17, 2016. Women In Their 20s; Is This The New Era Of Anxiety?

Forbes, October 16, 2016. Two Highly Effective Drug Free Treatment Options For Anxiety

DailyMail, October 14, 2016. Do YOU suffer with anxiety? Two women who were gripped by the disorder reveal how they overcame it.

Bustle, October 14, 2016. “Autumn Anxiety” Is A Real Thing & Here’s What Causes It

The Washington Post, October 13, 2016. My anxiety is awful for me. It’s worse for my boyfriend. Kristin Salaky is a social media editor and writer based in New York City, relates her experience.

Seventeen, October 12, 2016. Kylie Jenner On Her Struggle With Anxiety: “I Would Stop Breathing … And Just Cry” Now she’s taking positive steps to control the panic., October 12, 2016. ‘She can go to a very dark place’: Selena Gomez ‘is in rehab in Tennessee’ as she deals with ‘anxiety and depression’

The Sun, October 12, 2016. Will Young quit Strictly Come Dancing after ‘suffering from anxiety’ Friends of the singer have cited his anxiety as the reason Will quit the dancing competition.

CBCNews, October 11, 2016. ‘I feel like I can do anything’: Kids gripped by anxiety get help finishing school, October 10, 2016. Why are we all feeling so anxious – and what can we do about it revealed, October 10, 2016. Quiz: Are you suffering from anxiety? Take our test to find out, October 10, 2016. Top 10 tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety revealed

Business Insider, October 7, 2016. A former FBI agent recommends a simple 3-step exercise to beat anxiety

New Scientist, October 5, 2016. Why we worry: Understanding anxiety and how to help it When do normal worries become an anxiety disorder? Test your anxiety levels, find out what causes them to spiral out of control, and discover how to tackle them., October 5, 2016. PanX®, a New Class of Drugs to Treat Anxiety is Discovered and Patented US patent 9,446,030 has issued covering novel drug combinations intended for the treatment of anxiety disorders affecting 40 million Americans., October 4, 2016. You Aren’t the Only One Having Panic Attacks About the Election “I’ve never seen this level of stress and anxiety over an impending election in my 26 years (of practicing),” one clinical psychologist told Reuters.

Cosmopolitan, October 3, 2016. Zoella reveals the one thing that has helped her anxiety YouTube star Zoella shocked fans in 2012 when she admitted in one of her YouTube videos that she had suffered from crippling anxiety since her teens.

BBC, October 1, 2016. James Arthur: I have to manage my anxiety every day 2012 X Factor winner achieving success once again but James Arthur says he still has to manage severe anxiety every day.

People TV, September 30, 2016. Find Out Which Kardashian Sister Has Gotten Hands-On in Helping Rob Cope with Social Anxiety A recounting of how Kourtney Kardashian supported Rob.

Global News, September 30, 2016. Selfies are putting young women at risk for depression, anxiety Selfies are responsible for a spike in depression and anxiety in women aged 16 to 24, according to a recent study conducted by Britain’s National Health Service (NHS)., September 29, 2016. 15 Normal, Everyday Things That Can Be Major Anxiety Triggers, September 29, 2016. Is social media behind a surge in self harm? Young women showing signs of depression rises by HALF in 20 years Rate of common mental health disorders is rising rapidly among women.

Forbes, September 29, 2016. Do You Have Anxiety On The Job? Here’s How To Overcome It Anxiety disorders affect 40 million Americans, but only one third actually receive treatment.

Huffington Post, September 27, 2016. Yes, Anxiety Is Very Serious And Here’s The Proof Anxiety is as serious as depression, but most people don’t know it.

The Good Men Project, September 27, 2016. My First Bout with Anxiety One man steps up with his story.

The Daily Telegraph Australia, September 26, 2016. ‘I couldn’t leave my room’: Australia’s Next Top Model hopeful Summer Kane’s crippling anxiety Kane, 20, hopes sharing her story will inspire young girls who watch the Foxtel reality series and face their own demons to know they’re not alone.

The Sun UK, September 26, 2016. Rizzle Kicks cancel tour as Harley receives treatment for anxiety The hip hop duo quit upcoming tour due to rapper’s health concerns.

The Telegraph, September 25, 2016. Actor Laurence Fox admits to suffering anxiety attacks following split from Billie Piper Actor Laurence Fox talks about panic attacks.

Huffington Post Canada, September 23, 2016. I Have Been Running From Social Anxiety For 20 Years Part of the Huffington Post’s ‘Frame of Mind’ series.

BBC, September 22, 2016. Life satisfaction levels improve, but anxiety rises too General satisfaction with life in England has improved according to official figures, but people are becoming more anxious.

Elite Daily, September 20, 2016 3 Ways Anxiety Taught Me How To Live Life To The Fullest A fresh take on anxiety and panic attacks.

Huffington Post Canada, September 20, 2016 Know The Difference Between Feeling Anxious And Anxiety Disorder A counsellor talks about how many people come in having diagnosed themselves with an anxiety disorder.

The Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2016 How to Help a Teen With Anxiety Tips on helping a teen with anxiety., September 20, 2016 I Tried to Cure My Anxiety Myself, and I Made It Worse

Daily Mail UK, September 20, 2016 Want to lose weight? Stop stressing! Anxiety ‘counteracts all the benefits of healthy eating’ Study sheds new light on how mental health affects our physical health.

The Daily Good, September 19, 2016 These Quirky Cartoons May Be The Key To Conquering Social Anxiety Cartoons to help with social anxiety.

The Telegraph, September 19, 2016 Mind healing: How to tackle anxiety in your teenage daughter A third of teenage girls show symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Billboard, September 6, 2016. Camila Cabello Back on Stage with Fifth Harmony in Dallas After Anxiety Issue

People, September 6, 2016. Zayn Malik Cancels Concert Due to Suffering ‘Extreme Anxiety’ The former One Direction singer cancelled his concert due to anxiety., September 4, 2016 Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello Leaves Concert Early Due to Anxiety The pop star apologized to Missouri fans after leaving a concert early due to anxiety.

Elite Daily, September 4, 2016 How Living Abroad For 4 Months Helped Ease my Anxiety One woman shares her story.

The Globe and Mail, September 2, 2016 Pinpointing the triggers helps us tackle my daughter’s anxiety One mom tells The Globe and Mail how she and her husband address her daughter’s anxiety.

Global News, September 2, 2016 Anxiety and depression cost the Canadian economy almost $50 billion a year Mental health is costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada.

CBC News, September 1, 2016 Depression, anxiety cost Canadian economy billions, Conference Board says Lost productivity caused by workers’ depression and anxiety costs the Canadian economy almost $50 billion a year, according to a new report released Thursday.

CTV News, August 31, 2016 Selena Gomez on break amid anxiety, depression from lupus The singer released a statement saying she will be taking some time off., August 31, 2016. 4 Tools For Lowering Anxiety In Any Situation So You Can Perform Better Tips for women on lowering anxiety.

The Guardian, August 30, 2016 Can you treat anxiety with YouTube videos? At a time when access to mental health treatment is under increasing strain and stigmas still abound, could YouTube videos about anxiety be a viable means of treatment for sufferers?, August 28, 2016 Clinton unveils mental health agenda Hillary Clinton released a sweeping agenda to deal with the mental health problem in the United States, including a call to convene a White House conference on the issue during her first year in office.

The Coveteur, August 26, 2016. Sarah Jessica Parker’s new fragrance smells like sexy European men Sarah Jessica Parker talks about anxiety and how talking about it helps., August 25, 2016. How To Win At Business, Beat Anxiety And Improve Your Health In 5 Steps Garret Gunderson interviews entrepreneur Craig Ballantyne about how he overcame anxiety and built his business., August 25, 2016. What to Do When Anxiety Leaves You Feeling Completely Trapped One woman’s experience of handling anxiety.

TIME, August 24, 2016. Old People Are Happier Than People In Their 20s. A report on a study that shows that people in their 20s and 30s reported having the highest levels of depression, anxiety and stress, plus the lowest levels of happiness, satisfaction and wellbeing. Older people were the happiest.

The Guardian, August 22, 2016. More than third of teenage girls in England suffer depression and anxiety. The Guardian reports on an increase in teenage girls with depression and anxiety., August 21, 2016. 5 tips for coping with social media anxiety Global News addresses millennial anxiety related to social media., August 21, 2016. 5 Useful Tips for Traveling With Anxiety. Tips on how to travel and handle anxiousness as a person with anxiety., August 19, 2016. These are the clever tricks Olympic athletes use to overcome anxiety. The ways Olympic athletes overcome anxiety.

Metro UK, August 16, 2016. 14 totally irrational thoughts you’ve had if you suffer from anxiety 14 common thoughts people with anxiety have., August 11, 2016. Why is Anxiety Increasing in America? An exploration of why anxiety is increasing in America., August 10, 2016. How Snapchat Helps Me Cope With My Anxiety. One woman shares how she copes with generalized anxiety disorder.

National Post, August 8, 2016. Is anxiety the price we pay for the freedom technology and mass media have given us? The National Post explores the surge of anxiety in Canada, and why it’s happening., August 8, 2016. ‘Stranger Things’ Star Winona Ryder Talks Anxiety And Depression. Winona Ryder talks about how people perceive her since revealing her struggles with anxiety and depression., August 6, 2016. Teens struggling with anxiety get help — and a high school credit. Summer school for students helps teens take care of their mental health., August 2, 2016. Rita Ora gets very real about her struggles with anxiety. The star reveals how much she struggles with anxiety and how she tries to cope.

Teen Vogue, May 24, 2016. How Ellie Goulding Learned to Cope With Her Debilitating Panic Attacks Ellie Goulding talks about what she did to get past panic attacks. January 27, 2016. Trudeau opens up about his family’s struggles with mental health Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks about his mother’s experience with depression.

Huffington Post, June 24, 2015. 7 Celebrities Describe What It’s Like To Suffer A Panic Attack The Huffington Post lists Amanda Seyfried, John Mayer, Lena Dunham, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Stone, Ellie Goulding, and Caitlyn Jenner and details their experience with anxiety and panic attacks.

Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2015. Emma Stone Talks ‘Irrational Man,’ the Sony Hack and Keeping Her Personal Life Private Emma Stone shares her experience with anxiety and panic attacks.