Anxiety Statistics

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • As an anxiety sufferer, do you feel alone? Do you feel as if no one else could every feel like you do? Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, according the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18% of the adult population in the United States, have anxiety disorder in any given year.


    Some additional statistics on anxiety disorders: 

    • Almost three fourths of people with anxiety disorder have their first anxiety episode before the age of 21.5. 
    • Substance abuse or depression often are co-existing conditions with anxiety disorders. 
    • The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry [Vol 60, No.7, July 1999], states that health costs for anxiety are more than $42 billion dollars per year. This is approximately one-third of the cost of all treatment for mental health. 
    • People with anxiety often seek medical care for symptoms of anxiety that mimic physical health conditions. 

    Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) 

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    • Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). 
    • Over 3% of the U.S. population, or 6.8 million people suffer from GAD. 
    • Although GAD can occur at any time, the average age when GAD begins is 31. 

    Panic Disorder 

    • Approximately 2.7 percent, or 6 million people in the U.S. have panic disorder. 
    • Panic disorder is most likely to develop in early adulthood, but often continues through adulthood. 
    • One third of people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia. 
    • Women are twice as likely as men to develop panic disorder. 

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 

    • One third of people with OCD had the onset of the disorder in childhood. 
    • Both men and women are equally affected by OCD. 
    • Approximately 2.2 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with OCD. 

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

    • Approximately 3.5 percent of the U.S. adult population, or 7.7 million people, have PTSD. 
    • The average age of onset for PTSD is 23 years old, although it can occur at any age. 
    • Approximately 19% of Vietnam veterans experienced PTSD at some time after the war. 
    • Children that suffer sexual abuse as a child are at high risk of developing PTSD. 
    • Women are more likely to be diagnosed with PTSD than men. 

    Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) 

    • Both men and women are equally affected by SAD. 
    • More than 15 million people in the United States have SAD. 
    • Social anxiety normally begins in adolescence, often around the age of 13, but can begin younger.





    "The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America", 2008, June 26, Author Unknown, The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


    "Statistics and Facts About Anxiety Disorders", Date Unknown, Author Unknown, Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Published On: January 06, 2009