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.
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 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 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.
SAD affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population.
SAD is equally common among men and women andtypically 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.
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.
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.
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.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD, one of the most common mental disorders in children and adolescents, affects an estimated lifetime prevalence of 9.0% of 13 to 18 year olds.
About 2-3 times more boys than girls are affected. ADHD usually becomes evident in preschool or early elementary years. The disorder frequently persists into adolescence and occasionally into adulthood.
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia among people age 65 and older, affects an estimated 4 million Americans.
As more and more Americans live longer, the number affected by Alzheimer’s disease will continue to grow unless a cure or effective prevention is discovered.
The duration of illness, from onset of symptoms to death, averages 8 to 10 years.
On that note, while the CDC asserted that America’s autism rates have held steady at 1-in-68 for the first time in their survey’s history, a 2015 National Health Statistics report found the actual US autism rate to be drastically higher at 1-in-45.
30% of autistic children never speak more than a few words, they are sickened by bowel disease at a much higher rate than the average population, and many suffer from debilitating anxiety.
By the most conservative estimates, almost 20% of children with autism also have epilepsy.
Over 90% of autistic children who die prematurely do so because of drowning.
The most severely affected kids may never be toilet trained and many struggle with frustrations that lead them to self-assault or assault a caregiver.