GAD affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1% of the U.S. population, yet only 43.2% of affected adults receive treatment.
- Overly concerned about money
- Concerned about health, family, work, or other issues.
- May experience anxiety even when there is no apparent cause.
PD affects 6 million adults or 2.7% of the U.S. population. Women are twice as likely to be affected by it as men.
- Symptoms can include unexplained panic attacks.
- About 2-3% of the population experience panic disorder in a given year.
- Panic disorder usually begins in adulthood (after 20 years of age).
- People can also experience worrying more than they should.
Social anxiety affects 15 million adults or 6.8% of the population. Social anxiety is equally common among men and women, it typically begins around age 13. According to a 2007 ADAA survey, 36% of people with social anxiety report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help.
- Symptoms include intense anxiety and fear of being judged or rejected.
- Worrying about appearing visibly anxious.
- Feeling powerless against the anxiety.
Specific phobias affect 8.7% of the population. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men. The average age of onset is 7 years old. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are related to anxiety, which some may experience alongside.
- Will do whatever they can to avoid the uncomfortable and often terrifying feelings of phobic anxiety.
- Most phobias seem to arise unexpectedly
- Specific phobias commonly focus on animals, insects, germs, heights, thunder, driving, public transportation, illness, flying, dental, medical procedures, and elevators.
Everyone experiences stress and anxiety at one time or another. The difference between them is that stress is a response to a threatening situation. Anxiety is a reaction to being stressed.
- Chronic stress can affect your health.
- Symptoms include headaches, high blood pressure, and chest pain.
- Stress can cause skin rashes, loss of sleep, and even heart palpitations.
- Physical activity has been proven to reduce stress.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects millions of people from all walks of life. According to the NIMH, OCD affected 1.2% of adults and 1 in 100 children. People with OCD experience obsession and compulsion.
- Common obsessions include concerns about contamination, cleanliness, aggressive impulses, or the need for symmetry.
- Common compulsions include checking, washing/cleaning, and arranging.
- There isn’t always a logical connection between obsessions and compulsions.
PTSD affects 7.7 million adults. Women are more likely to be affected than men. Rape is the most likely trigger of PTSD: 63% of men, and 45.9% of women who are raped will develop the disorder. Childhood sexual abuse is a strong predictor of the likelihood of developing PTSD.
- There are currently about 8 million people in Canada living with PTSD.
- Women are twice as likely to develop PTSD as men.
- Children can develop it as well.
- PTSD often occurs with depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders.
The leading cause of disability for ages 15 to 44. MDD affects 6.7% of the population ages 18 and older in a given year. While the major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.5 years old. It is more prevalent in women than in men.
- Depression occurs more often in women than in men.
- In men, it manifests often as tiredness, irritability, and anger.
- In women, it manifests as sadness, worthlessness, and guilt.
- In younger children, it manifests as school refusal, anxiety when separated from parents, and worrying about parents dying.
Persistent depressive disorder is a form of depression that usually continues for at least 2 years. It affects approximately 1.5% of the population aged 18 years or older in a given year. Only 61.7% of adults with the persistent depressive disorder receive treatment. The average age of onset is 31 years old.
- One of the main symptoms includes a low, dark, or sad mood.
- Symptoms also include Poor appetite or overeating, insomnia or hypersomnia, low energy or fatigue, low self-esteem, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, feelings of hoplessness