How common is GAD?
Generalized anxiety disorder
Almost everyone worries from time to time. Some of us, though, worry more often and more intensely. In one study:
• 38% of people reported worrying at least once a day. 19.4% worried once every two to three days. And 15% worried about once a month.
• For 9% of people, their spells of worrying lasted two or more hours. 11% worried for one to two hours. 18% worried for between ten and sixty minutes; 38% for one to ten minutes; and a happy 24% said they worried for less than a minute at a time.
About 3% of people suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, and women are twice as likely to be affected as men. Research indicates that around 2% of young people may have experienced GAD by the age of 18, with 0.3% severely affected.