Anxiety and Depression are 2 of the most debilitating ‘conditions’ or disorders and Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
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 those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
Anxiety and Depression
It’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
Some Anxiety Facts and Figures
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population, yet only 43.2% are receiving treatment, and women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
Panic Disorder (PD)PD affects 6 million adults, or 2.7% of the U.S. population, and again women are twice as likely to be affected as men. GAD often co-occurs with major depression.
Social Anxiety Disorder. SAD affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population. SAD is equally common among men and women and typically begins around age 13. According to a 2007 ADAA survey, 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help.
Specific Phobias Specific phobias affect 19 million adults, or 8.7% of the U.S. population, again women are twice as likely to be affected as men. Symptoms typically begin in childhood; the average age-of-onset is 7 years old.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are closely related to anxiety disorders, which some may experience at the same time, along with depression. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) OCD affects 2.2 million adults, or 1.0% of the U.S. population. OCD is equally common among men and women. The average age of onset is 19, with 25 percent of cases occurring by age 14. One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) PTSD affects 7.7 million adults, or 3.5% of the U.S. population.
Women are more likely to be affected 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.
Major Depressive Disorder. The leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3. MDD affects more than 16.1 million American adults, or about 6.7%of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. While major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.5 years old.More prevalent in women than in men.
Persistent depressive disorder, or PDD, (formerly called dysthymia) is a form of depression that usually continues for at least two years. Affects approximately 1.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. (about 3.3 million American adults). Only 61.7% of adults with MDD are receiving treatment. The average age of onset is 31 years old.
(Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Updated August 2017
Understanding the Causes and Offering Solutions to Anxiety
I creating The 7 Steps to Freedom from Anxiety program in 2015 I attempted to break down the causes or reasons why so many people are affected by the debilitating effects of anxiety.
The www.the7stepstofreedom.com free download addresses the causes of anxiety from a holistic perspective and offers complimentary solutions which may be of benefit as explained by the short videos below.
Anxiety Freedom – How do the sounds work
Anxiety Freedom- The Book
Anxiety Freedom- The 7 Anxieties
Anxiety Freedom- Tranquillity
Anxiety Freedom- Meditation
Anxiety Freedom-Short Relaxation
Anxiety Freedom- Emotional Enhancement
The Co-relation and Understanding the Causes and Offering Solutions to Anxiety and Depression
The Free; The 7 Steps to Freedom from Depression program will be released in October 2017
Many people with an anxiety disorder also have a co-occurring disorder or physical illness, which can make their symptoms worse and recovery more difficult. It’s essential to be treated for both disorders.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are closely related to anxiety disorders, which some may experience at the same time, along with depression.
Read on to learn more about the co-occurrence of anxiety and these disorders:
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Anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between 13 and 18 years old. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.
See statistics for anxiety disorders among children from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Anxiety disorders also often co-occur with other disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Childhood anxiety disorders
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Tips for parents and caregivers
Anxiety disorders at school
Anxiety is as common among older adults as among the young. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most common anxiety disorder among older adults, though anxiety disorders in this population are frequently associated with traumatic events such as a fall or acute illness. Read the best way to treat anxiety disorders in older adults.
Anxiety disorders are treatable, and the vast majority of people with an anxiety disorder can be helped with professional care. Several standard approaches have proved effective:
Complementary and alternative treatment
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Source: National Institute of Mental Health