Year: 2002 Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, v.63, suppl.14, (2002), p.4-8 SIEC No: 20031220

The prevalence of anxiety disorders is difficult to pinpoint. Major studies are reviewed. It is argued that anxiety disorders impose high individual & social burdens, tend to be chronic, & can be as disabling as somatic disorders. The economic costs of anxiety disorders include psychiatric, nonpsychiatric, & emergency care, hospitalization, prescription drugs, reduced productivity, absenteeism from work, & suicide. (23 refs)