Anxiety Disorders : The Most Prevalent Of Psychiatric Disorders

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Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent of psychiatric disorders, yet less than 30% of individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders seek treatment (Lepine, 2002). Anxiety disorder refers to a group of mental illnesses that includes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder also called social phobia and specific phobias (Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 2014). In the United States studies find that anxiety disorders afflict 15.7 million people in the United States each year, and 30 million people in the United States at some point in their lives (Lepine, 2002). Research as shown that 30% of girls suffer from anxiety disorder compared to 20 % of boys (National Institute of Mental Health, 2014). Non-Hispanic blacks are 20% less likely and Hispanics are 30% less likely than non-Hispanic whites to experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime (National Institute of Mental Health, 2014). The lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders for 13 – 18 year olds is 25% (National Institute of Mental Health, 2014). Anxiety is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among adolescents and prevalence rates of anxiety disorders increase significantly during adolescence (Lee & Hankin, 2009). Research has found that the prevalence rate of anxiety disorders is found to be approximately 20% and exhibit a significant degree of stability across the lifespan (Lee &…
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