ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Treatment gap for anxiety disorders is global

Based on data from 23 community surveys in 21 countries of the World Mental Health surveys, of more than 51,000 respondents, about 10% had a 12-month DSM-IV anxiety disorder, 27.6% of whom received any treatment, and only 9.8% received possibly adequate treatment. It was reported that lower treatment levels were found for lower income countries. The authors states that low levels of service use and a high proportion of those receiving services not meeting adequacy standards for anxiety disorders exist worldwide. Results reveal the need for improving recognition of anxiety disorders and the quality of treatment.