40.1 percent of Tennessee residents report anxiety symptoms stemming from coronavirus shutdown

The share of Tennessee residents who reported anxiety symptoms during the week of July 16 stood at 40.1 percent, the sixth-highest out of 50 states, according to a National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) study.

The study, which was made in partnership with the Census Bureau, was launched to generate data about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting U.S. households, both socially and economically. The online responses gathered by researchers are part of what’s called the Household Pulse Survey.

Data collection, which began in April, focused on obtaining information about how often Americans reported anxiety and depression symptoms. The questions used are based on a standardized health questionnaire and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale.

In comparison with the state-by-state results, 36.1 percent of adults nationwide said they experienced anxiety symptoms during the week of July 16. During the January-to-June period of 2019, 8.2 percent of adults aged 18 and over reported having anxiety symptoms, the NCHS reported.

Level of Anxiety Symptoms Reported in mid-July

Rank State % of Adults With Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder (Week of July 16)
1 Oregon 45.4%
2 New Mexico 44.7%
3 Nevada 43.7%
4 Rhode Island 41.8%
5 Arizona 41.3%
6 Tennessee 40.1%
7 Alabama 39.9%
8 Oklahoma 39.6%
9 California 38.9%
10 Wyoming 38.8%
11 Mississippi 38.6%
12 Louisiana 38.5%
13 Texas 38.4%
14 Colorado 38.0%
15 Illinois 38.0%
16 Idaho 37.3%
17 Hawaii 37.2%
18 Washington 37.1%
19 Arkansas 36.8%
20 Indiana 36.8%
21 Michigan 36.3%
22 New York 36.2%
23 Kentucky 35.9%
24 Maine 35.7%
25 South Carolina 35.7%
26 Georgia 35.5%
27 Florida 35.1%
28 Missouri 34.9%
29 Kansas 34.8%
30 Utah 34.6%
31 New Jersey 34.2%
32 Virginia 34.2%
33 New Hampshire 34.0%
34 Alaska 33.8%
35 Maryland 33.2%
36 North Carolina 33.1%
37 Ohio 32.8%
38 Minnesota 32.3%
39 Iowa 31.3%
40 Massachusetts 31.1%
41 West Virginia 31.1%
42 Connecticut 30.4%
43 North Dakota 30.3%
44 Nebraska 30.0%
45 Wisconsin 29.9%
46 Pennsylvania 29.2%
47 Vermont 29.2%
48 Delaware 29.0%
49 South Dakota 27.6%
50 Montana 27.5%

Source: National Center for Health Statistics



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