2020 will go down in history as one of the most stressful years in a lifetime.
With wildfires in Australia and the US, a global pandemic, protests and a polarising US election many people have struggled with mental health issues.
As a result, more people than ever have been looking for help in all sorts of places to improve their general wellbeing.
We’ve got all the latest anxiety statistics for the UK below, so carry on reading.
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What's in this Guide?
What Is Anxiety?
The NHS states: “Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe”.
There are many types of anxiety disorder, but Generalised Anxiety Disorder is most common. Phobias, panic disorders, and Social Anxiety Disorder are also common.
Alongside the mental wellbeing which is affected by anxiety disorders, physical symptoms can also be seen including:
- Heart palpatations
- Having trouble sleeping
- Muscle aches or tension
- Trembling or shaking
- Stomach ache
- Pins and needles
- Dry mouth
- Shortness of breath
Among many other signs.
These physical symptoms can make life really hard for people suffering with anxiety, and they may be interested in trying to get help.
But how many people have anxiety in the UK? How do the anxiety statistics UK in 2020 compare to the 2019 figures?
Let’s have a look.
Anxiety Statistics UK
47% of the general public are reporting high anxiety levels in 2020
According to a YouGov survey, almost half of the general public are reporting high anxiety levels in 2020.
In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK at around 13% of the UK population. This is a radically sharp increase in rates of anxiety over the last 7 years.
30% of all adults are wary of approaching the doctor about mental health issues
About 15 million Brits avoid speaking to a doctor about their mental health because they’re worried they’ll be prescribed medication too strong for their symptoms.
In a society growing more and more accepting of mental health issues, especially anxiety disorders and depression, it’s highly surprising that almost a third of the population would avoid seeking professional help out of concern.
In addition to concern about prescribing medication too severe for their symptoms, fear of catching COVID-19 at the GP could be another factor.
18-34 year olds are the most worried about seeking help for their mental health
47% of Millenials and Gen Z would avoid speaking to the doctor about mental illness compared to the 30% across all Brits.
Research by the Open Access Government found that the generations most vocal about mental health support do not feel their mental health is appropriately supported by doctors and medical professionals.
24% prefer to manage their mental health with holistic remedies
11.3 million UK citizens would choose holistic remedies to treat their mental health as a result of not trusting prescription medication for anxiety and depression, and concern that anti-anxiety and antidepressants would be too severe for their symptoms.
50% of Brits are seeking small indulgences in the self-care and wellness industry to treat their mental health in 2020
As well as holistic remedies, half of all Brits are using self-care to combat their mental health this year.
Online shopping, at-home spa days and vitamins are among some of the things people are choosing to treat their mental health instead of prescription medication this year.
Covid-19 anxiety is affecting the sleep of 41% of women and 26% of men
“Coronanxiety”, a fear of the Covid-19 virus, has been affecting people in a variety of ways, and healthy sleep in particular has been affected by concern about catch or passing on the virus.
High anxiety during the pandemic was caused by a range of factors
Of the reasons people were affected by anxiety, there were a few common answers, reported by the ONS:
- Marital status
- Not feeling safe at home
- Work being affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Being married or in a civil partnership made anxiety levels rise
For the first time, those reporting the highest levels of anxiety were the ones who were married or in a civil partnership, according to the same ONS study.
Before the pandemic, it was single people that reported the greatest anxiety levels.
Part of this could be down to stress as a result of trying to balance home-schooling responsibilities between couples.
1 in 5 people said that high anxiety levels made work difficult
As well as job instability causing anxiety for many, those who kept their jobs found they were too anxious to work as well as before the pandemic.
Adjusting to working from home has made jobs more difficult to focus on.
To Round Up…
The latest anxiety statistics for the UK indicates a huge increase in rates of stress and nervousness.
However, despite more openness in the discussion regarding mental health – especially amongst Millenials and Gen Z, it turns out people are worried about going to the doctor for professional support out of fear they’ll be given medication too strong for their symptoms.
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