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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?


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Cross-sectional study.

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USA; 2001–2002.

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

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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.

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Lifetime and 12 months.


The 12 month prevalence of SAD was 2.8% (95% CI 2.5% to 3.1%) and …

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  • For correspondence: Dr Bridget F Grant, Laboratory of Epidemiology and Biometry, Room 3077, Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, MS 9304, 5635 Fishers Lane, Bethesda, MD 20892-9304, USA; bgrant{at}

  • Sources of funding: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.