Anxiety affects more than 30 million Americans during their lifetime.

Anxiety disorders are prevalent and often untreated in the primary care setting. Despite increasing recognition of anxiety, it still lags far behind depression in research, screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Considering the frequency with which depression and anxiety co-occur, a search for one condition should always be accompanied by an assessment of the other.

“Anxiety often manifests as a physical

symptom like pain, fatigue, or inability

to sleep, so it’s not surprising that one

out of five patients who come to a

doctor’s office with a physical

complaint have anxiety.”

Kurt Kroenke, M.D.