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Date:11/6/2007

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and most say it interferes at least moderately with their lives. About one-third report persistent stress or excessive anxiety daily or that they have had an anxiety or panic attack. Seven out of ten of those adults say they have trouble sleeping.

These are among the findings of the 2007 Stress & Anxiety Disorders Survey, a report examining the effects of anxiety disorders and everyday stress and anxiety on sleep. The survey was commissioned by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), which is sponsoring National Stress Out Week, November 11-17, 2007. ADAA encourages people to take time to de-stress and to discover the differences between everyday stress and an anxiety disorder.

Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life, but anxiety disorders, which affect 40 million adults, are the most common psychiatric illnesses in the U.S. -- and they are on the increase. They are identified as generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.

"Undiagnosed and untreated anxiety disorders can adversely affect people's lives in many areas, including their sleep," says Jerilyn Ross, MA, LICSW, president and CEO of ADAA. "The good news is that they are highly treatable. Our hope is that National Stress Out Week will raise awareness of the signs, symptoms, and treatment options."

General Stress or Anxiety Interferes With Lives

Adults who are most likely to report daily stress or anxiety are under age 55, particularly those between the ages of 18 and 24 (91 percent), those who have children (81 percent), and those who are employed (73 percent).

Of those who experience daily stress or anxiety, 48 percent say it interferes with their lives every day (up from 39 percent in 2005),
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