I did a search yesterday to find out just how many people have anxiety and panic disorder. I read this yesterday and found it quite interesting.
These are the 2008 statistics provided by the National Institute for Mental Health NIMH. The complete compilation of all statistics on mental disorders can be found at http://www.nimh.nih.gov….
Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias (social phobia, agoraphobia, and specific phobia).
* Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder.1
* Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders or substance abuse.
* Most people with one anxiety disorder also have another anxiety disorder. Nearly three-quarters of those with an anxiety disorder will have their first episode by age 21.
* Approximately 6 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 2.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have panic disorder.1
* Panic disorder typically develops in early adulthood (median age of onset is 24), but the age of onset extends throughout adulthood.
* About one in three people with panic disorder develops agoraphobia, a condition in which the individual becomes afraid of being in any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help unavailable in the event of a panic attack.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
* Approximately 6.8 million American adults, or about 3.1 percent of people age 18 and over, have GAD in a given year.
* GAD can begin across the life cycle, though the median age of onset is 31 years old.
* Approximately 15 million American adults age 18 and over, or about 6.8 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have social phobia.
* Social phobia begins in childhood or adolescence, typically around 13 years of age.
Agoraphobia involves intense fear and anxiety of any place or situation where escape might be difficult, leading to avoidance of situations such as being alone outside of the home; traveling in a car, bus, or airplane; or being in a crowded area.
* Approximately 1.8 million American adults age 18 and over, or about 0.8 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have agoraphobia without a history of panic disorder.
* The median age of onset of agoraphobia is 20 years of age.
Specific phobia involves marked and persistent fear and avoidance of a specific object or situation.
* Approximately 19.2 million American adults age 18 and over, or about 8.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have some type of specific phobia.
* Specific phobia typically begins in childhood; the median age of onset is seven years.
What do these numbers mean?
Well to put it mildly, there are a lot of us suffering out there. And while I can only speak for me, my social phobia did start in 9th grade, so I was 13. My general anxiety (GAD) started at age 7.
With panic disorder, I was given this diagnosis at age 24, but by then I had it for years. And I guess, according to the definitions, I have definitely been agoraphobic. I used to think agoraphobia meant housebound, which thankfully I never was.
But I can certainly relate to having intense fear about situations where escape might be difficult — just take a look at my to do list for the next few weeks.
I hope you find this information informative. Frankly, I find it sad that with the sheer numbers of people suffering from nervous disorders, we have no celebrity endorser. I guess it’s not ‘cool’ to be associated with any of this because of the social stigma.
I believe if more research were done, many of us would find permanent cures, and not just the band-aid of living on medications with pretty yucky side effects. Oh well, perhaps someday.
Ok that’s my rant. Well it’s Saturday morning and I have absolutely no pressures or worries today. Hubby and I are going to paint our master bathroom.
Feel free to leave your thoughts below. I believe that by sharing together, we can help each other on our journey 😉
I wish you peace,
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