According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 18% of American adults experience anxiety disorders in a typical year. About 9.5% have the symptoms of mood disorders (Note that an individual can be simultaneously diagnosed with both types). There are many possible explanations for the high prevalence of both disorders, but whatever the cause, these two categories affect a very large part of the population and thus are of great concern. As you create your discussion post, consider the following:

  • What do we know about the causes and progression of these disorders?
  • What do theory and research tell us about the causes of these disorders and possible means of prevention?