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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Often Felt Worried, Nervous, or Anxious,* by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2010–2011†

The figure shows the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who often felt worried, nervous, or anxious, by sex and age group in the United States during 2010-2011, according to the National Health Interview Survey. During 2010-2011, women (22.1%) were more likely than men (16.8%) to often feel worried, nervous, or anxious. Among men, those aged 45-64 years were about as likely (18.2%) as men aged 18-44 years (17.1%), but more likely than men aged 65-74 years (13.2%) and ≥75 years (11.7%) to often have feelings of worry, nervousness, or anxiety. Women aged 18-44 years were about as likely (23.0%) as women aged 45-64 years (23.5%), but more likely than women aged 65-74 years (18.1%) and women aged ≥75 years (16.0%) to often feel worried, nervous, or anxious.

* Based on a survey question that asked respondents, "How often do you feel worried, nervous, or anxious? Would you say daily, weekly, monthly, a few times a year, or never?" Persons reporting daily or weekly feelings of worry, nervousness, or anxiety were categorized as often worried, nervous, or anxious. Unknowns were not included in the denominators when calculating percentages.

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population.

§ 95% confidence interval.

During 2010–2011, women (22.1%) were more likely than men (16.8%) to often feel worried, nervous, or anxious. Among men, those aged 45–64 years were about as likely (18.2%) as men aged 18–44 years (17.1%) but more likely than men aged 65–74 years (13.2%) and ≥75 years (11.7%) to often have feelings of worry, nervousness, or anxiety. Women aged 18–44 years were about as likely (23.0%) as women aged 45–64 years (23.5%) but more likely than women aged 65–74 years (18.1%) and women aged ≥75 years (16.0%) to often feel worried, nervous, or anxious.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2010 Quality of Life and 2011 Functioning and Disability supplements. Data were colleccted from a subset of the adults randomly selected for the sample adult component of the NHIS questionnaire. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Reported by: Debra Blackwell, PhD, debra.blackwell@cdc.hhs.gov, 301-458-4103; Tainya C. Clarke MS, MPH.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who often felt worried, nervous, or anxious, by sex and age group in the United States during 2010-2011, according to the National Health Interview Survey. During 2010-2011, women (22.1%) were more likely than men (16.8%) to often feel worried, nervous, or anxious. Among men, those aged 45-64 years were about as likely (18.2%) as men aged 18-44 years (17.1%), but more likely than men aged 65-74 years (13.2%) and ≥75 years (11.7%) to often have feelings of worry, nervousness, or anxiety. Women aged 18-44 years were about as likely (23.0%) as women aged 45-64 years (23.5%), but more likely than women aged 65-74 years (18.1%) and women aged ≥75 years (16.0%) to often feel worried, nervous, or anxious.



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