Prevalence and Incidence of Panic disorder


About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Panic disorder usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Panic disorder at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Panic disorder refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Panic disorder diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Panic disorder: approximately 2.4 million Americans (NIMH)
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 113 or 0.88% or 2.4 million people in USA [about data]
Incidence (annual) of Panic disorder: 1.7% of US adults annually (NIMH)
Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 58 or 1.70% or 4.6 million people in USA [about data]
Lifetime risk for Panic disorder: 3 million Americans (NIMH); 1.6% adults (USSG)
Prevalance of Panic disorder: Panic disorder strikes between 3 and 6 million Americans, and is twice as common in women as in men.1
Incidence of Panic disorder: About 1.7% of the adult U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - approximately 2.4 million Americans - has panic disorder in a given year. 2

Prevelance of Panic disorder discussion: Approximately 2.4 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 1.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have panic disorder. 3

In the United States, 1.6 percent of the adult population, or more than 3 million people, will have panic disorder at some time in their lives.4

Prevelance statistics about Panic disorder: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Panic disorder:

  • 3 million American adults (NIMH)
  • 1.7% of the adult U.S. population ages 18 to 54 (NIMH)

1. excerpt from Panic Disorder: NWHIC
2. excerpt from Facts about Panic Disorder: NIMH
3. excerpt from The Numbers Count: NIMH
4. excerpt from Understanding Panic Disorder: NIMH

Last revision: July 1, 2003

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