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Comprehensive List of Anxiety Statistics

Looking for a comprehensive list of recent anxiety statistics? Read on to find a long list of statistics covering prevalence rates, treatments, and more.


Anxiety by the Numbers Comprehensive List of Anxiety Statistics

Countries with the Highest Anxiety Rates

Here is the global overview from the same study.


  • Portugal is the top country in terms of prevalence of anxiety disorder. Since 2019, the percentage of people suffering from anxiety disorders has steadily risen.
  • In 2022, 9% of people suffered from an anxiety disorder and 21% suffered from some form of anxiety and depression combined.

New Zealand

  • New Zealand has the second-highest rate of anxiety disorders in the world, as per the last IHME data.
  • According to Healthify, 1 in 4 New Zealanders experience anxiety at some stage of their lives. The source also mentioned that at any given time, approximately 15% of the population is affected by anxiety.


  • Since 2019, the prevalence of anxiety disorders has increased to reach 8.1% in 2022, as per Statista. It is the second most prevalent mental health condition in the country after stress and is closely followed by depression at the third spot.
  • According to a 2021 survey, 67.2% of respondents (from a sample size of 482 adults) faced symptoms of anxiety. This shows that even if the registered anxiety disorder rates are lower, the share of people experiencing anxiety is much higher.


  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders are widespread in Iran.
  • According to a 2022 survey, 30.1% of the respondents suffered from anxiety and 33.4% from depression. Females in the country are more at risk, especially those who are unemployed or have a chronic disease.
  • A more recent study, published in January 2024, found that 42.9% of Iranian people suffer from anxiety. Environmental factors and work-related issues were the most common causes of anxiety, as identified by the study.


  • As per the previously cited IHME 2019 study, the rates of anxiety disorders in Ireland and Northern Ireland were 7.62% and 7.07%, respectively.
  • According to a 2023 study, 58% of adults in Northern Ireland suffer from anxiety that interferes with their day-to-day lives.
  • As per Aware's National Survey 2023, 74% of people claim to have experienced anxiety. Females under the age of 44 years are more at risk. Anxiety rates seem to lower with age in Ireland.


  • A study published in 2022 showed that the rate of anxiety almost doubled during the COVID-19 time in Southern Switzerland. It increased from 4.8% in August 2020 to 8.1% in May 2021.


  • According to a cohort study done in 2020, 31.9% of Dutch adolescents suffered from moderate anxiety, and 13.9% suffered from severe anxiety and depression.
  • A 2021 study found that 18% of youngsters between the ages of 18 and 24 years suffered from some form of mental health condition.


  • According to a 2023 survey of Norwegian college and university students, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) was prevalent among 16.0% of females and 8.2% of males.
  • This is much higher than the 7.3% average reported in 2019, as per the IHME study.


  • A 2020 research study found that 13.89% of the population in Cyprus suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This is much higher than the 7.01% reported by IHME in 2019, showing an increase in anxiety during the pandemic.
  • Another study from 2020 reported a severely high anxiety score for 9.1% of respondents and a moderate score for 14%. As such, this shows that almost 23% of people were suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder in 2020.


  • As per Statista, as of September 2021, 23% of French people were suffering from anxiety.
  • An IPSOS survey from 2021 also shows high anxiety rates among teenagers. The GAD rate was 25% overall, 27% in girls, and 24% in boys.
  • Both studies confirm that the anxiety rates significantly increased after the pandemic.

Anxiety Rates and Prevalence in the United States

Demographic Factors and Anxiety

Anxiety Rates by Gender


  • According to the Wellcome Global Monitor report, 18% of men have suffered from anxiety or depression, across the globe. This is just slightly lower than the number for females.
  • One probable reason why men do not report they're dealing with anxiety is societal expectations. Men are traditionally expected to be strong, which makes them hesitant to show vulnerability and seek support for anxiety.
  • A survey by the Priory Group in the UK confirmed this. According to the survey, 40% of men in the UK do not talk to anyone about their mental health problems and 29% are embarrassed to do so.


  • Despite the common perception that more women suffer from anxiety than men, the Global Monitor report found only a slight difference. Globally, 20% of women have dealt with anxiety or depression, compared to 18% of men.
  • A scientific research study from 2011, shows that women are more prone to anxiety because they worry more. They're also more severely affected by anxiety because they feel that things are out of their control.


  • A 2022 report by Wellcome Global Monitor found that LGBT individuals have a 2.5x higher risk of anxiety and depression than others. The study also showed that having strong allies, especially in the workplace, can help alleviate this risk.
  • A 2021 study conducted in the UK also reported similar numbers and found that LGBT+ people are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety and other mental health conditions.
  • There are many reasons why LGBTQ+ people are more prone to depression and anxiety disorder. The social stigma and discrimination they face are among the top factors. Some others include rejection by their families and social isolation, which lead to feelings of loneliness.

Anxiety Rates by Age Groups

Anxiety Rates by Race

Anxiety Rates by Education Levels

Anxiety Rates by Income

Anxiety Statistics for Workplace Anxiety

The Cry for Mental Health Support

The Economic Toll of Workplace Stress

The Stark Reality for American Workers

Anxiety Statistics by Type of Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

But which age group is most affected?

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

Panic Disorder (PD)

Depressive Disorders

Specific Phobias


Risk Factors and Triggers for Anxiety




Life Experiences and Trauma

Substance Abuse

Impact of Social Media and Technology on Anxiety

Ways to Manage Anxiety

Treatment Options for Anxiety



Yoga and Mindfulness

Meditation and Breathing Exercises

Barriers to Treatment of Anxiety


What does this tell us?

Mental Health Literacy

Access to Healthcare

Financial Barriers

Frequently Asked Questions

According to WHO, 5% of the global population suffered from anxiety in 2019. A 2020 survey by Wellcome, however, shows that 19% of people suffer from symptoms of anxiety. If you look beyond reported or diagnosed cases, the numbers could be much higher.

Portugal, New Zealand, and Brazil have the highest rates of anxiety. In terms of sheer number of people suffering from anxiety, China, India, and the US are the top 3.

Though there are no conclusive studies, the common factors that cause anxiety include social media addiction, poor sleeping habits, and other lifestyle factors.

Another aspect to consider is that people talk about anxiety and other mental disorders more openly now, due to increased awareness and lower social stigma. As such, we can’t be sure whether anxiety rates have increased or people are simply talking about it more openly.

Here are five common symptoms of anxiety:

  • Feeling restless and jittery
  • Having an increased heart rate and rapid breathing
  • Having difficulty concentrating on anything
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Being tense or on edge

These are just a few of the symptoms of anxiety. If you feel any of these and more, make sure you do your research and learn to identify anxiety before it takes over your life.

Anxiety is generally temporary and passes on its own. There’s no cure, only ways to manage it. However, if your anxiety becomes severe and turns into an anxiety disorder, then that is treatable with therapy, medication, and alternative treatment, such as meditation and breathing exercises.