A new study suggests that about 90% of people who have an anxiety disorder don’t receive appropriate treatment for anxiety. Moreover, out of 1 in 10 people who suffer globally, less than 10% receive the treatment they need.
As it turns out, most people don’t recognize that they could benefit from help – in fact, just over 40% of people who experience anxiety identify the need for treatment, and when anxiety doesn’t occur along with another disorder, that number falls to just 26%.
And treatment for mental health conditions can be expensive. Another study found that the yearly cost for treatment was $7,451, and that amount increases when anxiety is treated in conjunction to depression or other symptoms.
And for many, there is a stigma that piggybacks along with seeking mental health care. Indeed, 75% of people who have a mental illness state they are ashamed or don’t want to be stereotyped by their condition.
About The Study
The research, which was commissioned by the World Health Organization, illustrated the gap in treatment for anxiety disorders for the first time at a global level by analyzing the appropriateness of treatment from a sample of more than 51,500 subjects from 21 different countries.
In high-income countries, only about one-third of people with anxiety received treatment, except in the U.S., where the rates were somewhat higher.
Different anxiety disorders tend to manifest at different ages. For example, separation anxiety and some phobias usually develop between 5-10 years of age, whereas generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder more often appear between 24-50 years of age.
Researcher Jodi Alonso stated:
“Health literacy and awareness should be promoted in those countries where the need is not recognized, usually middle and/or low-income countries. It is important to encourage healthcare providers to follow clinical guidelines to improve treatment quality when it comes to anxiety disorders.”
Mental health care providers recommend that any person who is experiencing anxiety or depression that is affecting their quality of life, such as issues involving health, work, relationships, or substance abuse should seek help as soon as possible.