Anxiety has fast become one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the UK. Whilst everyone feels anxious from time-to-time, for some people, the feeling of unease, worry or fear can be an ongoing problem.
In fact, nearly 5% of the population have anxiety problems and as many as 9.7% suffer from mixed depression and anxiety - making it the most common mental health problem. Anxiety can come in many different forms including panic disorders which affect 1.2% of the UK population, phobias (1.9%), post-traumatic stress disorder (2.6% of men and 3.3% of women), OCD (2-3%) and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (2-5%).
Recent studies suggest that although on average women rate their life satisfaction higher than men do, that their anxiety levels are significantly higher than their male counterparts. Middle aged people (35 to 59) also report the highest levels of anxiety compared to other age groups and those in the older age bracket tend to be much happier and less anxious.
Additionally to this, the most recent survey that was carried out for Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 found that:
* Almost one in five people feel anxious all or a lot of the time
* Only one in twenty people never feel anxious
* Students and the unemployed are more likely to feel anxious all or a lot of the time
* Financial issues are the cause of anxiety for 50% of people
* Four in 10 people get anxious about work
* One-fifth of people who have experienced anxiety do nothing to help themselves cope better
* Just under half of those surveyed said they get more anxious now that they used to and believe that anxiety has stopped them from doing things in their life
If you or someone you know if suffering from anxiety then please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programmes page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available. You can also call us today for help.