Basic Summary for Anxiety Disorders


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Main name of condition: Anxiety Disorders
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What is Anxiety Disorders?
  Brief description of Anxiety Disorders: Various syndromes with excessive anxiety, phobias, or fear.
  Parent types of Anxiety Disorders: Neurosis, Mental illness, Adolescent conditions, Over-diagnosed conditions, Emotional disorders, Psychological disorders, Psychiatric disorders
  Organs Affected by Anxiety Disorders: mental
  Types of Anxiety Disorders: Panic disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Social phobia, Phobias, Specific phobias, Generalized anxiety disorder, Separation anxiety disorder, Acute stress disorder, Anxiety disorder due to medical condition, Substance-induced anxiety disorder, Anxiety disorder NOS
How many people get Anxiety Disorders?
  Prevalance of Anxiety Disorders: estimated 16.4% adults (USSG); 19.1 million American adults (NIMH); 13.3% of adults (NIMH)
  Prevalance Rate of Anxiety Disorders: approx 1 in 6 or 16.40% or 44.6 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect approximately 19 million American adults.1
What causes Anxiety Disorders?
  Causes of Anxiety Disorders: see causes of Anxiety Disorders
What are the symptoms of Anxiety Disorders?
  Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders: see symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Anxiety Disorders: see treatments for Anxiety Disorders
  Research for Anxiety Disorders: see research for Anxiety Disorders
Society issues for Anxiety Disorders

Cost statistics for Anxiety Disorders: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Anxiety Disorders:

  • Anxiety disorders cost the economy $42 billion each year in the US (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)
  • $22.84 billion is spent each year on healthcare services for anxiety disorders in the US (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)

  Hospitalization statistics for Anxiety Disorders: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Anxiety Disorders:
  • 0.05% (6,579) of hospital consultant episodes were for anxiety disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for anxiety disorders required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 34% of hospital consultant episodes for anxiety disorders were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 66% of hospital consultant episodes for anxiety disorders were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 81% of hospital consultant episodes for anxiety disorders required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 22.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for anxiety disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for anxiety disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for anxiety disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 55% of hospital consultant episodes for anxiety disorders occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 20% of hospital consultant episodes for anxiety disorders occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for anxiety disorders were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.22% (116,064) of hospital bed days were for anxiety disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • People with anxiety disorders are 6 times more likely to be hospitalised for psychiatric disorders in the US (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)
  • People with anxiety disorders are 3 to 5 times more likely to go to the doctor in the US (Anxiety Disorders Association of America)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Anxiety Disorders: NIMH

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