Epidemiology of Anxiety Disorders

Ewald Horwath, Felicia Gould, Myrna M. Weissman

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTextbook in Psychiatric Epidemiology
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780470694671
StatePublished - Apr 19 2011


  • Anxiety disorders, and anxiety-recognised as a symptom ever since writings of Freud
  • Central feature of DSM-IV social phobia-a persistent, irrational fear accompanied by a compelling desire to avoid situations under the scrutiny of others
  • DSM-III agoraphobia, fear and avoidance-being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult
  • Epidemiological catchment area (ECA) study-first epidemiological survey employing lay interviewers, standardised assessment tool, the diagnostic interview schedule (DIS)
  • Epidemiological community surveys of psychiatric disorders-using DSM-III, DSM-III-R or DSM-IV diagnostic criteria
  • Epidemiology of anxiety disorders
  • Generalised anxiety disorder-DSM-IV-TR criteria for GAD, excessive anxiety and worry difficult to control
  • Mass disasters, natural disasters and terrorist attacks-cultural differences and inconsistent methodology, variability in types of mental health problems
  • Race/ethnicity, in ECA study-no significant differences in prevalence rates, between African-American, Hispanic and white groups
  • Risk factors, and lifetime rates of agoraphobia-higher for women than for men

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  • Medicine(all)

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