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Anxiety Disorder Statistics

Marilyn Folk BScN medical reviewer
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Updated: May 11, 2019

Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States (approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54). It's thought that this number is much higher - closer to 30 percent - as many people don't seek help, are misdiagnosed, or don't acknowledge themselves as having issues with anxiety.

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: 6.8 million, 3.1%.

  • Women are twice as likely to be afflicted than men (we believe the number of men who struggle with generalized anxiety is much higher because many don't report it to their doctors).
  • Very likely to be co-exist with other disorders.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 2.2 million, 1.0%.

  • 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: 6 million, 2.7%.

  • Women are twice as likely to be afflicted than men (we believe the number of men who struggle with panic disorder is much higher because many don't report it to their doctors).
  • Often co-exists with depression.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: 7.7 million, 3.5%.

  • 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: 15 million, 6.8%.

  • It is equally common among men and women.

Specific Phobia affects: 19 million, 8.7%.

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

SOURCE: Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)

According to our statistics over the last 10 years, 54 percent of woman and 46 percent of men experience anxiety disorder.

Here is a listing of common anxiety symptoms.

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The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

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