What is the rate of incidence for generalized anxiety disorder?

While most people have experienced a bout of anxiety at some point, 5 to 11 percent of people experience general anxiety disorder during their lifetime. The disorder is defined as having significant anxiety symptoms on more days than not during a six-month period. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), women are more likely to have an anxiety disorder than men.

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Generalized anxiety disorder is a common disorder that affects twice as many women as men. In America, it is estimated that 6.8 million adults have generalized anxiety disorder in any given year. This is slightly more than 3 percent of American adults.

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