Anxiety Disorders: Why They Matter and What Employers Can Do

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting 18% of American adults and as many as 33% of people at any point in their lifetime. Globally, anxiety disorders are the sixth-leading cause of disability (defined by years of life lived with disability), with greater rates of disability occurring in females and in people aged 15 to 34 years. Anxiety disorders are associated with a poorer quality of life in comparison to not having anxiety, including higher rates of divorce and unemployment.