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Anxiety is the most widespread mental health issue, with 18%, or 40 Million inidividuals, affected in the United States.  There are different types of Anxiety Disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population.
    Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
  • Panic Disorder
    6 million, 2.7%
    Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
    Very high comorbidity rate with major depression.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
    15 million, 6.8%
    Equally common among men and women, typically beginning 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
    19 million, 8.7%
    Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
    Typically begins in childhood; the median age of onset is 7.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    2.2 million, 1.0%
    Equally common among men and women.
    The median 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)  
  • 7.7 million, 3.5%
    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.


CBT More Effective Than Meds in Treating Social Anxiety

Individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may be more effective than pharmacotherapy for treating adult patients with social anxiety disorder, and it has fewer side effects and may be more cost-effective over the long run, new research suggests.

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