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
Kate Fitzgerald, M.D.
Effortful control of training: a brain-targeted intervention for clinically anxious preschoolers
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Michigan
2016 Rising Star Awardee
Mazen Kheirbek, Ph.D.
Illuminating Circuit Based Targets for Treatment of Depression
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience
University of California, San Francisco
2016 Rising Star Awardee
Katie McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Understanding How Stress Causes Anxiety and Depression in Youth
Associate Professor of Psychology
2015 Rising Star Awardee
Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
Investigating the Circuit Basis for Psychiatric Diseases
National Institute of Mental Health
2010 Rising Star Awardee