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In any given year, over 13 percent of U.S. adults (ages 18 to 54) have an anxiety disorder -- which speaks to how common a condition this is. Many of these conditions tend to develop in childhood or adolescence. Additional statistics on anxiety disorder show that approximately 6.3 million Americans ages 18 to 54 have some type of specific phobia.

An Overview of Anxiety Disorder Statistics

In any given year, approximately 19.1 million American adults ages 18 to 54 (about 13.3 percent of people in this age group) have an anxiety disorder.
Many people have more than one anxiety disorder, and anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders, eating disorders, or substance abuse.
Anxiety disorders include:
Women are more likely than men to have an anxiety disorder. Approximately twice as many women as men suffer from conditions such as:
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Agoraphobia (fear of public places)
  • Other specific phobias.
Approximately equal numbers of women and men have obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia.

Statistics on Panic Disorder

Approximately 2.4 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 1.7 percent of people in this age group, have panic disorder in a given year.
Panic disorder typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood.
About one in three people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia, a condition in which they become afraid of being in any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help unavailable in the event of a panic attack.
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