Who Is Affected By Anxiety Disorders?


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Anyone, Anywhere.


According to the 2002 Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey (CCHS 1.2), a greater proportion of women than men under the age of 65 year had symptoms that met the criteria for one of the measured anxiety disorders during the previous 12 months. (Figure 5-1) The greatest difference was among young adults (15–24 years), where young women were twice as likely as young men to have an anxiety disorder (8.9% compared to 4.3%). The gap narrowed with age because the proportion of women with an anxiety disorder decreased with age. Seniors had lower 12-month and lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorder than all younger age groups. (Figure 5-2) Approximately 1 in 8 adults in Canada aged 15–24, 25–44 and 45–64 years reportedsymptoms that met the criteria for having had one of the selected anxiety disorders during their lifetime.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey, 2002, Mental Health and Well-being Cycle 1.2


Women in the 15–24 and 25–44 year age groups were more likely than men to be identified as having panic disorder in the previous 12 months. (Figure 5-3) In the 45–64 year age group, the proportions among men and women were similar. Although the 12-month prevalence of panic disorder was lower in the 45–64 yearold age group, the lifetime prevalence was higher in this age group than in all other age groups. (Figure 5-4). A greater proportion of young women than young men (15–24 years) reported symptoms that met the criteria for having had social phobia during the previous 12 months. (Figure 5-5) The proportion among women decreased with age. Nearly 1 in 10 Canadians under the age of 65 years met the criteria for having had social phobia at some time in their lives. (Figure 5-6) Lifetime prevalence decreased dramatically over age 65 years. Women were twice as likely as men to report symptoms that met the criteria for

agoraphobia: 1.0% versus 0.4%. The sample size was too small to assess the prevalence by age.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey, 2002, Mental Health and Well-being Cycle 1.2








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