May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Mental Health Post a Day in May – May 7th

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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)

  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion total mental health bill, according to “The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders,” a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999).
    • More than $22.84 billion of those costs are associated with the repeated use of health care services; people with anxiety disorders seek relief for symptoms that mimic physical illnesses.
  • People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized…

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2 thoughts on “May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Mental Health Post a Day in May – May 7th

  1. Anxiety disorders are why marijuana should be legal and easily obtainable in all fifty states, yesterday. Everybody’d be chillin’, eating Oreos and watching Gomer Pyle reruns while stress boils over on the stove unattended.

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