Shocking Statistics About Anxiety and Depression

Even though there has been more focus and attention on mental health in recent years, people are still startled to see just how many people in America are suffering from a mental illness. Below are some statistics about the rate of anxiety and depression related mental illnesses that may shock some people.


Statistics by Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population.


Panic Disorder (PD): Panic disorder affects 6 million adults, or 2.7% of the U.S. population.


Social Anxiety Disorder: Social anxiety disorder affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population.


Specific Phobias: 19 million adults, or 8.7% of the U.S. population, have specific phobias.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD affects 2.2 million adults, or 1% of the U.S. population.


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): 7.7 million adults, or 3.5% of the U.S., are affected by PTSD.


Major Depressive Disorder: Major depression affects more than 16.1 million adults, or 6.7%, of Americans.


Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD or Dysthymia): This form of long-lasting depression affects approximately 1.5% of the U.S. population, or 3.3 million adults.


General Statistics


Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. It affects over 40 million adults, or 18.1% of the population. Anxiety is also common in children, affecting 25.1% of children between the ages of 13-18.

Most anxiety and depression disorders are more prevalent in females compared to males. OCD and Social Anxiety Disorder are some of the only mental illnesses that are equally common in both men and women.

Many people with anxiety and depression also have a co-occurring disorder or physical illness. These additional disorders can make symptoms worse and recovery harder.



Mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression disorders are extremely common in America. It’s important to shed light on the high numbers of those affected by such illnesses in order to decrease the stigma around them, increase awareness, and help get information and resources to those that need it. If you or someone you love is affected by any of these anxiety disorders and needs help, please contact us. We are here to help.

Dr. Raul J. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Rodriguez