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Young Adults and Anxiety: Marriage May Not Be Protective. (NEWS)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Young Adults and Anxiety: Marriage May Not Be Protective. (NEWS)

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NEW YORK -- A new study of anxiety disorders among young adults aged 18-24 shows that the illnesses are less prevalent among African American and Hispanic young adults, compared with whites. Furthermore, anxiety disorders are 1.5 times as prevalent among married people in this age group, compared with their unmarried peers.

For their research, presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cristiane S. Duarte, PhD, MPH, and colleagues looked at data from the 2012/2013 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC).

"We were trying to look specifically at young adulthood," said Dr. Duarte, whose research focuses on anxiety disorders in young adults. "It's a period where several psychiatric disorders tend to become much more prevalent. Having untreated anxiety disorders at this age can put young adults at risk for worse outcomes down the line. If anxiety disorders can be resolved, a young adult's trajectory can be quite different; it's a time in life in which the right intervention can have a really big impact," said Dr. …

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