Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States.
"Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disturbances characterized by anxiety as a central or core symptom. Although anxiety is a commonplace experience, not everyone who experiences it has an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is associated with a wide range of physical illnesses, medication side effects, and other psychiatric disorders."
Many people experience "normal" anxiety as a result of stressful or frightening situation and are able to appropriately react and overcome their anxiety when the stressor has gone away. "In contrast, anxiety that is characteristic of anxiety disorders is disproportionately intense, and the anxious feelings interfere with a person's ability to carry out normal or desired activities. (Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 3rd edition)
The term "anxiety disorders" can refer to many different types of anxiety disorders, such as:
DSM-V (ICD-10) Classification for Common Anxiety Disorders
According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Here are some numbers:
Statistics from National Institute of Mental Health: