The epidemiology of anxiety disorders: The epidemiologic catchment area (ECA) experience

Darrel A. Regier, William E. Narrow, Donald S. Rae

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According to the Epidemiologic Catchment Area (ECA) study-one of the largest investigations of the prevalence of mental disorders ever conducted-anxiety disorders affect more than 7% of adults in the United States. Women, individuals under age 45, those who are separated or divorced, and those in low socioeconomic groups all have a higher rate of anxiety than individuals in other groups. This article will present prevalence rates of anxiety disorders based on data from the five ECA sites-New Haven, Conn; Baltimore, Md; St Louis, Mo; Durham, NC; and Los Angeles, Ca.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
Issue number1 SUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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