UK anxiety levels remain high

Anxiety levels in the UK have slightly dropped in the last year, but remain unnervingly high.

In a new study published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week, more than a fifth of Brits rated their anxiety levels at six out of ten or higher.

Respondents were asked rate how anxious they felt on the day before the questionnaire. There was a significant reduction in anxiety levels amongst those who rated their physical health as "very good", "good" or "fair" - but there was no change in the anxiety levels of those with poor physical health.

Overall, the amount of respondents who rated their anxiety as six out of ten or higher dropped from 22 per cent to 21 per cent.

These figures are usually of great interest to those in counselling careers, who are regularly tasked with treating patients' anxiety-based mental health problems. reports that those aged between 45 and 54 were the most likely to report high levels of anxiety. Under 24s and over 65s were the most likely to report high levels of satisfaction with their life.

There was also a significant racial divide when it came to reporting satisfaction levels. White and Indian people were found to be more satisfied on average than black people.