Excerpts from PRNewswire released by The National Mental Health Association regarding a survey which indicated that "Stigma Keeps Millions with Anxiety Disorder from Treatment":

"Shame, fear and embarrassment are the top reasons anxiety disorders --America's most common mental illnesses -- largely go untreated . . . Nineteen million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. Fewer than one third receive treatment. . . . About one third of all visits to primary care physicians are related to anxiety disorders. However, many doctors are not trained to detect or treat anxiety and frequently individuals go misdiagnosed

. . . Anxiety disorders include Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Phobias (such as Social Phobia). . . . Each anxiety disorder has emotional, psychological and biological underpinnings and can be treated through targeted psychotherapy, medications, or a combination of the two.

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