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Lifetime prevalence of social anxiety disorder in the USA is 5%

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 Q What is the prevalence of social anxiety disorder (SAD) in the USA and what factors are associated with this disorder?

METHODS

Embedded ImageDesign:

Cross-sectional study.

Embedded ImageSetting:

USA; 2001–2002.

Embedded ImagePopulation:

43 093 people aged 18 and over residing in households or group quarters.

Embedded ImageAssessment:

Participants were assessed in a face to face interview, which included the DSM-IV diagnostic assessment, Alcohol Use Disorder and Associated Disabilities Interview Schedule-DSM-IV (AUDADIS-IV), for diagnosis of anxiety disorders (including SAD), substance use disorders, and major mood disorders.

Embedded ImageOutcomes:

Lifetime and 12 month prevalence of SAD, prevalence of comorbid DSM-IV psychiatric disorders in people with SAD.

Embedded ImageFollow up period:

Lifetime and 12 months.

MAIN RESULTS

The 12 month prevalence of SAD was 2.8% (95% CI 2.5% to 3.1%) and the lifetime prevalence was 5.0% (95% CI 4.6% to 5.4%). The mean age of onset of SAD was 15.1 years, and the mean duration was 16.3 years. The lifetime …

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