Anxiety

Counseling for Washington State

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) 

  •  GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population, yet only 43.2% are receiving treatment.
  • Women are twice as likely to be affected as men. GAD often co-occurs with major depression.

Panic Disorder (PD)

  •  PD affects 6 million adults, or 2.7% of the U.S. population. 
  •  Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

  •  SAD affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population. 
  •  SAD is equally common among men and women and typically begins around age 13. 
  • According to a 2007 ADAA survey, 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help.

Specific Phobias 

  • Specific phobias affect 19 million adults, or 8.7% of the U.S. population.
  • Women are twice as likely to be affected as men. Symptoms typically begin in childhood; the average age-of-onset is 7 years old. 
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are closely related to anxiety disorders, which some may experience at the same time, along with depression.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  •  OCD affects 2.2 million adults, or 1.0% of the U.S. population. 
  •  OCD is equally common among men and women. 
  •  The average age of onset is 19, with 25 percent of cases occurring by age 14. 
  • One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of the diagnoses above, please give us a call at (425) 242-6267.