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Mood and Anxiety Disorders Facts & Statistics

Knowing the symptomscauseshealth risks and treatment for mood and anxiety disorders is very important. Understanding the facts and statistics of just how prevalent and serious these disorders are just as important.

  • Nearly one in ten people aged 18 and older have mood disorders (nlm.nih.gov)
  • About 40 million American adults have some type of anxiety disorder every year (nimh.nih.gov)
  • Women are 60 percent more likely to have an anxiety disorder than men (nimh.nih.gov)
  • Approximately 80 percent of individuals with eating disorders are diagnosed with another psychiatric disorder at some time in their life, most commonly depressive, anxiety and personality disorders. (Klump, Haye, Treasure & Tyson, 2009)

Research reveals a very high dual diagnosis rate among eating disorders and mood, anxiety and substance disorders:

  • Of those with anorexia nervosa, 48 percent have co-occurring anxiety disorders, 42 percent have co-occurring mood disorders and 31 percent have co-occurring impulse control disorders
  • Of those with bulimia nervosa, 81 percent have co-occurring anxiety disorders, 71 percent have co-occurring mood disorders and 64 percent have co-occurring impulse control disorders
  • Of those with binge eating disorder, 65 percent have co-occurring anxiety disorders, 46 percent have co-occurring mood disorders and 43 percent have co-occurring impulse control disorders (Hudson, Hiripi, Harrison & Kessler, 2007)
  • People with eating disorders have a 64 percent lifetime rate of anxiety disorders; the most common diagnoses were obsessive compulsive disorder (41%) and social phobia (20%)
    • A substantial majority of eating disorder patients had the onset of OCD, social phobia, specific phobia and Generalized Anxiety Disorder before the emergence of the eating disorder, suggesting that the disordered eating is a successful coping mechanism for those difficult feelings( Kaye, Bulik, Thorton & Barbarich, 2004)
  • Up to 50 percent of individuals with eating disorders also abuse alcohol or illicit drugs, compared with nine percent of the general population. (National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 2003)

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In addition to providing treatment for eating disorders, Eating Recovery Center also provides multi-disciplinary care for patients with mood and eating disorders. If you or a loved one is suffering, please call 877-825-8584 to schedule a free, confidential consultation with an ERC Masters-level clinician.

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