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UNDERSTAND ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Take the First Step - Understand the Facts
Working to Prevent, Treat and Cure Anxiety Disorders and Depression for More Than 40 Years
Founded 40 years ago, ADAA is an international nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research.
ADAA’s unique interlinked public and professional mission focuses on improving quality of life for those with these disorders through the alignment of innovative research, evidence-based treatment, education and support. ADAA's mental health professional members contribute blog posts, webinars, website content and more to help improve the quality of life for individuals and their families struggling with anxiety and depression.
With more than 1,300 professional mental health members (many of whom contribute blog posts, host webinars, review website content and more) ADAA is a leader in education, training, and research.
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FACTS AND STATISTICS
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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 18.1% of the population every year.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment. Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
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 for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
National prevalence data indicate that nearly 40 million people in the United States (18%) experience an anxiety disorder in any given year.