Louisiana Named Among Worst States for Anxiety in America
In a recent study conducted by Leafwell, specialists in medical marijuana cards, Louisiana has been identified as the second-most anxious state in the United States. According to the analysis of CDC data, which examined the percentage of adults over the age of 18 reporting symptoms of anxiety disorder, Louisiana's figure stands at 36.6%. This rate is significantly higher than the national average of 28.7%, highlighting a considerable mental health challenge within the state.
West Virginia tops the list as the most anxious state, with 40.1% of its population reporting symptoms of anxiety disorder. The study also reveals that, across the U.S., the age groups most affected by anxiety are those between 18-29 years old, with a reported 41.9% suffering from anxiety symptoms, and those between 30-39 years old, at 34.5%.
The findings suggest that access to mental health care remains a critical issue, with 18% of Louisianians unable to receive necessary therapy for treatment, and 8% uninsured, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This issue is not unique to Louisiana; West Virginia, for instance, reported that 47% of its residents did not receive needed healthcare due to cost.
Following Louisiana in the rankings are Utah, Alabama, and Oklahoma, indicating that anxiety disorders are a widespread concern across the country. The study notes a disturbing trend: an increase in anxiety disorder symptoms since the start of 2023, with states like Rhode Island witnessing a 10.5% jump.
Leafwell's report also delves into the broader implications of these findings, suggesting that mental health issues such as anxiety can be triggered by a variety of factors including general health, lifestyle, and employment. Treatment options range from therapy and medication to lifestyle changes and the use of CBD for its calming effects.
Anxiety disorders encompass a range of conditions, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder, with younger people more susceptible to certain types. The study emphasizes the importance of treatment, including psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and self-treatment methods like mindfulness exercises, in managing these conditions.
Louisiana, alongside other states, recognizes anxiety as a qualifying condition for a medical cannabis card, highlighting the evolving approach to treating this prevalent mental health issue. This study sheds light on the urgent need for increased access to mental health services and the potential of alternative treatments like medical cannabis in addressing the high rates of anxiety among Americans.