Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting more than 40 million adults age 18 and older and 7.1% of the youth population aged 3-17 years.1 Compounding the challenges for youth who have anxiety, more than 1 in 3 of them also have behavorial problems and about 1 in 3 also have depression.1

Anxiety disorders typically develop from a complex set of risk factors that include brain chemistry, personality, genetics and life events. Symptoms typically include nervousness, restlessness, feelings of panic, rapid heart rate and/or breathing, trembling and muscle twitching, and lethargy.

As troubling as anxiety disorders are, most are highly treatable. However, only 36% of people who suffer from anxiety receive proper treatment. Without treatment, the anxiety rarely goes away and it can get worse over time, significantly interfering with the person’s daily activities and relationships.

Through our One Mind Rising Star Awards grant program and other funding support channels, One Mind has supported the following scientists in their important and influential anxiety focused research:

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention