Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse

substance abuse treatment centers Charlotte NCUnderstanding the overall substance abuse problem in our world is difficult. It's not something we tend to think about unless it's hitting us, right at home. We also never think about anxiety and depression that goes along with substance abuse. Did you know that many times, people with addiction have a root cause of anxiety or depression?

Whether you're going through an addiction yourself or watching a loved one suffer, it's important to become aware of just how dangerous and common a combination of anxiety and depression with substance abuse is.

Below, you'll find facts and statistics that help you better understand how common anxiety and depression is. There are many different types of both that cause varied symptoms.

Facts and Statistics from ADAA.org | Substance Abuse Treatment Centers Charlotte NC

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country's $148 billion total mental health bill, according to "The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders," a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999).
  • More than $22.84 billion of those costs are associated with the repeated use of health care services; people with anxiety disorders seek relief for symptoms that mimic physical illnesses.
  • People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
  • Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
  • It's not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
  • GAD affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1% of the U.S. population.
  • Women are twice as likely to be affected by GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) as men.
  • 6 million suffer from panic disorder
  • Women are twice as likely to be affected by panic disorder as men.
  • Very high comorbidity rate with panic disorder.
  • 15 million people are affected by social anxiety disorder (SAD)
  • SAD is equally common among men and women, typically beginning around age 13.
  • According to a 2007 ADAA survey, 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help.
  • 19 million people have specific phobias
  • Women are twice as likely to be affected as men with specific phobias
  • Typically, specific phobias begin in childhood; the median age of onset is 7.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are closely related to anxiety disorders, which some may experience at the same time, along with depression.
  • 2 million, 1.0% are affected by OCD
  • OCD is equally common among men and women.
  • The median age of onset for OCD is 19, with 25 percent of cases occurring by age 14. One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood.
  • 7 million, 3.5% are affected by PTSD
  • Women are more likely to be affected than men with PTSD
  • Rape is the most likely trigger of PTSD: 65% of men and 45.9% of women who are raped will develop the disorder.
  • Childhood sexual abuse is a strong predictor of lifetime likelihood for developing PTSD.
  • The leading cause of major depressive disorder in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3
  • Major depressive disorder affects more than 15 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
  • While major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.5 More prevalent in women than in men.
  • Persistent depressive disorder, or PDD, (formerly called dysthymia) is a form of depression that usually continues for at least two years.
  • PDD affects approximately 1.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. (about 3.3 million American adults).
  • The median age of onset of PDD is 31.1
  • Many people with an anxiety disorder also have a co-occurring disorder or physical illness, which can make their symptoms worse and recovery more difficult. It’s essential to be treated for both disorders.

Seeing how prevalent both anxiety and depression is within both men and women of all ages, it's no wonder we have such problems with substance abuse. If you or someone you love need help with mental health problems and/or substance abuse, contact Legacy Freedom.

We hope this information helps you if you're struggling with an addiction. Your actions are different when abusing drugs or alcohol. To ensure your safety from injury, illness or other issues substance abuse causes,  seek help at Legacy Freedom. Our substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC are here to help you get back on track.

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers Charlotte NC

If you’re suffering from an addiction and need help, consider contacting our substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC. Addiction isn’t something that can be beaten easily. Often it requires extensive rehab and support. Legacy Freedom is here to offer both to you when you’re ready. Addiction can leave you feeling sad, lonely, and angry. You are not alone. Legacy Freedom is here to help you get back on track to a happier, healthy, drug free life. Contact us to learn more.

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