Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults, or about 18.1% of the U.S. adult population over 18 years of age. Nearly 15% of adults will experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.1-3 By comparison, only 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7% of the U.S. adult population, suffer from major depression. However, depression and anxiety are very much interrelated.
For up to 90% of all cases, anxiety disorders generally develop early in life—before the age of 35 with the greatest risk of onset between ages 10 and 25. Also, women are twice as likely as men to suffer from generalized anxiety disorder.1,4,5 This last statistic suggests an imbalance in female hormone levels during and after menopause, during menstruation, and after pregnancy may be tied to the etiology of anxiety. We will explore this connection in greater detail later in this protocol.