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Health Agencies Update
July 28, 2015

Anxiety Disorders Affect 4.3 Million Working US Adults

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JAMA. 2015;314(4):330. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8411

About 3.7% of adults in the United States who hold full-time jobs—4.3 million people—had 1 or more anxiety disorders in the past year, according to a recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report ( This report was based on data from SAMHSA’s 2008-2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, derived from responses from 67 500 people 12 years and older in the United States who took part in the SAMHSA survey between 2008 and 2012 ( Anxiety disorders included obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobia, social phobia, panic disorder with and without agoraphobia, agoraphobia without a history of panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.

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