Updated June, 2021.
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health issues on the planet.
There are some truly staggering statistics on how many people are suffering from these conditions, and how few receive appropriate care.
In the United States alone, an estimated 18% of the population—40 million people—have some form of anxiety (Anxiety and Depression Association of America).
Even though anxiety is one of the biggest mental health problems in America, access to good treatment remains limited. In fact, studies show that only 10% will receive proper, effective treatment for anxiety.
It’s a similar story with depression. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates nearly 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. In some countries, fewer than 10% get any kind of treatment.
Some experts believe that depression will soon become the second-most common health problem in the world.
Which brings us to the topic of today’s post: debunking harmful myths around anxiety and depression.
These myths perpetuate the cycle of ignorance and shame, and create major barriers to improved mental health in our communities.