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Statistics and Facts About Anxiety Disorder


Anxiety disorders, the most prevalent psychiatric illnesses in the general community, are present in 15 to 20% of medical clinic patients. The total direct and indirect costs of all mental disorders in the United States has been estimated to be $148 billion dollars, only slightly less than costs incurred by cardiovascular diseases.

PANIC DISORDER

Panic attacks have a sudden onset, developing within 10 min and usually resolving over the course of an hour, and they occur in an unexpected fashion. The tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) agents imipramine and clomipramine can benefit 75 to 90% of panic disorder patients.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Men and women are equally affected by this disorder. About one third of affected adults had first symptoms in childhood. In 1990 OCD costs US 6% of the total mental health bill.

GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER

Onset is usually before age 20, and a history of childhood fears and social inhibition may be present. The incidence of GAD is increased in first-degree relatives of patients with the diagnosis; family studies also indicate that GAD and panic disorder segregate independently. Over 80% of patients with GAD also suffer from major depression,

PHOBIC DISORDERS

Phobic disorders are common, with a 1-year prevalence rate of 9% and a lifetime rate of 10 to 11%. Onset is typically in childhood to early adulthood. In one study of female twins, concordance rates for agoraphobia, social phobia, and animal phobia was found to be 23% for monozygotic twins and 15% for dizygotic twins.

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