Anxiety Disorders

  • David A. Katerndahl


The lifetime prevalence of any anxiety disorder in the general population is 14.6%.1 Not only are anxiety disorders important for the distress they cause, they are also associated with “excessive” suicide-related mortality.2 Patients suffering from anxiety disorders tend to present to primary care settings. It is estimated that about 20% of family practice patients suffer with significant anxiety. Although recognition of anxiety disorders by private practitioners results in a shorter duration of illness and a greater frequency of mental health treatment, only 50% of patients with anxiety disorders are recognized by their physician.3 Yet recognition of the presence of a disorder is only part of the problem. Once the presence of an anxiety disorder is recognized, primary care physicians are accurate in determining which disorder is present only 49% of the time.4


Anxiety Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Generalize Anxiety Disorder Personality Disorder Panic Disorder 
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