Facts About Anxiety Disorders

Statistics on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Approximately 3.3 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 2.3 percent of people in this age group, have OCD in a given year.
 
The first symptoms of OCD often begin during childhood or adolescence.
 

Statistics on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Approximately 5.2 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 3.6 percent of people in this age group, have PTSD in a given year.
 
PTSD can develop at any age, including childhood.
 
About 30 percent of Vietnam veterans experienced PTSD at some point after the war. The disorder also frequently occurs after violent personal assaults, such as:
 
  • Rape, mugging, or domestic violence
  • Terrorism
  • Natural or human-caused disasters
  • Accidents.
 

Statistics on Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Approximately 4 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 2.8 percent of people in this age group, have GAD in a given year.
 
GAD can begin at any time, though the risk is highest between childhood and middle age.
 

Statistics on Social Phobia

Approximately 5.3 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 3.7 percent of people in this age group, have social phobia in a given year.
 
Social phobia typically begins in childhood or adolescence.
 

Statistics on Agoraphobia and Specific Phobias

Agoraphobia involves intense fear and avoidance of any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help unavailable in the event of sudden panic-like symptoms.
 
Approximately 3.2 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 2.2 percent of people in this age group, have agoraphobia in a given year.
 
Specific phobias involve marked and persistent fear and avoidance of a specific object or situation. Approximately 6.3 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 4.4 percent of people in this age group, have some type of specific phobia.
 
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