The Prevalence and Impact of Insomnia and Anxiety Disorders
A staggering 50% of adult Americans report having experienced insomnia sometime during their lives. Ten percent of adult Americans experience difficulties with sleep lasting more than 2 weeks at a time. In 1995, 5.9 million office visits were due to the complaint of insomnia. Anxiety is also a ubiquitous human emotion, and anxiety disorders represent, as a group, the most common type of psychiatric condition, affecting 25% of adults at some point in their lives.
Despite the frequency of these 2 conditions, it is surprising that they often go unaddressed. Only 6% of all insomniacs schedule a visit with their physicians specifically for insomnia. Twenty-four percent address the difficulty with their physicians as a secondary complaint, and the vast majority (70%) does not seek medical help for the problem at all. However, 40% of insomniacs do seek assistance for their malady in the form of over-the-counter sleep aids or alcohol, which often compound the difficulty. Similarly, only one third of anxiety disorder sufferers receive treatment.
Medscape Internal Medicine. 2004;6(1) © 2004 Medscape
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