Epidemiology of generalized anxiety disorder in Europe

Lieb, R. and Becker, E. and Altamura, C.. (2005) Epidemiology of generalized anxiety disorder in Europe. European neuropsychopharmacology, Vol. 15, H. 4. pp. 445-452.

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The objective of this paper is to provide a review on available data to date on the epidemiology of GAD in Europe, and to highlight areas for future research. MEDLNE searches were performed and supplemented by consultations with experts across Europe to identify nonpublished reports. Despite variations in the design of studies, available data suggest that (a) about 2% of the adult population in the community is affected (12-month prevalence), (b) GAD is one of the most frequent (up to 10%) of all mental disorders seen in primary care, (c) GAD is a highly impairing condition often comorbid with other mental disorders, (d) GAD patients are high utilizers of healthcare resources, and (e) despite the high prevalence of GAD in primary care, its recognition in general practice is relatively low. Marked data deficits are: lack of data from eastern European countries, lack of information about the natural course of GAD in unselected samples, the vulnerability and risk factors involved in the aetiology of GAD and lack of data about adequate and inappropriate treatments in GAD patients as well as the associated and societal costs of GAD. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V and ECNP. All rights reserved.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Lieb, Roselind
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier Science
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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