Generalized Anxiety Disorder in China: Prevalence, Sociodemographic Correlates, Comorbidity, and Suicide Attempts

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Abstract:

PURPOSE. 

This study aims to determine the 12-month and lifetime prevalence of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and its sociodemographic correlates. DESIGN AND METHODS. 

A total of 5,926 subjects were randomly selected and interviewed. FINDINGS. 

The overall 12-month and lifetime prevalence of GAD was 0.8%, and 1.2%, respectively. Being older than 25¬†years and female, lower education level, unemployed status, and lower (<RMB500/month) or higher (>RMB2000/month) monthly income were associated with increased risk of GAD. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. 

The low percentage of subjects treated for GAD indicates a major public health problem that should be addressed.

Keywords: China; generalized anxiety disorder; prevalence; treatment

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-6163.2009.00212.x

Affiliations: 1: Beijing Anding Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China 2: Department of Psychiatry, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China 3: Institute of Mental Health, Peking University, Beijing, China

Publication date: April 1, 2009

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