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Nervous Nation: 1 In 5 Americans Believe They Have An Undiagnosed Anxiety Disorder

Study Finds [1]
October 11, 2019

NEW YORK — Anxiety has always been an uncomfortable fact of life. Even the calmest of individuals experience the occasional nervous moment, but is anxiety on the rise in modern society [2]? According to a new survey of 2,000 Americans, the answer is a resounding yes. A shocking one in five respondents say they feel anxious so often that they actually believe they are dealing with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder.

The survey, put together by CBD company Endoca [3], polled Americans on their day-to-day anxious feelings and discovered that the average American experiences five anxious moments every day.

Interestingly, these anxious moments often lead to feelings of self-consciousness as well; 43% of respondents say they’ve been overwhelmed by [4] their anxiety, which then causes them to feel embarrassed. In fact, almost three quarters of respondents say they are embarrassed after every single anxious moment.

These statistics shine a revealing light on just how far we as a nation have to go to remove the stigma from mental health problems and negative feelings. Among respondents who admit to feeling embarrassed [5] by their anxiety, 58% say it is because they believe they should be a stronger person, and another 53% say they feel isolated and different from their peers.

So, what are Americans’ biggest anxiety triggers? Work was listed as the number one source of anxiety among respondents, with just under half listing it as their most frequent trigger. That’s followed by social events or going out (47%), financial worries [6](45%), and romantic relationship issues (40%).

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