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Anxiety Disorders Statistics And Facts

Statistics and facts about anxiety disorders; the most common mental illness in the U.S.Statistics and facts about anxiety disorders; the most common mental illness in America.

  • Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. with 19.1 million (13.3%) of the adult U.S. population (ages 18-54) affected.
  • According to "The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders," a study commissioned by the ADAA and based on data gathered by the association and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one third of the $148 billion total mental health bill for the U.S.
  • More than $22.84 billion of those costs are associated with the repeated use of healthcare services, as those with anxiety disorders seek relief for symptoms that mimic physical illnesses.
  • People with an anxiety disorder are three-to-five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than non-sufferers.

NUMBERS AND PERCENTAGES REFER TO ADULT U.S. POPULATION AFFECTED.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: 4 million, 2.8%.

  • Women are twice as likely to be afflicted than men.
  • Very likely to be comorbid with other disorders.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 3.3 million, 2.3%.

  • It is equally common among men and women.
  • One third of afflicted adults had their first symptoms in childhood.
  • In 1990 OCD cost the U.S. 6% of the total $148 billion mental health bill.

Panic Disorder: 2.4 million, 1.7%.

  • Women are twice as likely to be afflicted than men.
  • Has a very high comorbidity rate with major depression.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: 5.2 million, 3.6%.

  • Women are more likely to be afflicted than men.
  • Rape is the most likely trigger of PTSD, 65% of men and 45.9% of women who are raped will develop the disorder.
  • Childhood sexual abuse is a strong predictor of lifetime likelihood for developing PTSD.

Social Anxiety Disorder: 5.3 million, 3.7%.

  • It is equally common among men and women.

Specific Phobia affects: 6.3 million, 4.4%.

  • Women are twice as likely to be afflicted as men.

Any Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia, Agoraphobia) affects 11.5 million (8%) of adult Americans.

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Last Updated: 03 July 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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