In the United States, it was estimated that around 6.1 percent of the population suffered from anxiety disorders as of 2016. Anxiety disorders in the U.S. are more common among females than among males, with 7.5 percent of females suffering from such disorders, compared to 4.5 percent of males. General feelings of anxiety which do not necessarily meet the conditions of a disorder are much more common. A Statista survey from 2017 found that 33 percent of females and 23 percent of males stated they suffered from anxiety at least sometimes. A separate survey from a different source in 2018 found that personal and family safety, personal health, and the ability to pay bills or expenses were the most common aspects of life that people in the U.S. were anxious about.
Anxiety disorders are generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both. In the period from 2011 to 2014, around an average of 5.3 percent of the U.S. population used prescription anti-anxiety drugs in the past month, an increase in the share seen in periods between 1988-1994 and 1999-2002. In some cases, it is also possible to prevent, treat or manage anxiety at home through relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga, stress management, exercise, sleep, and abstaining from drugs and alcohol.