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DBSA Anxiety Survey 2007

Summary (Top reported answers)

Are you diagnosed with:
Bipolar disorder 59.1%
Depression 40.9%

Do you also have (check one):
A diagnosed anxiety disorder 60.5%
An undiagnosed anxiety disorder 26.9%
Neither 12.7%

If you are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, what are you diagnosed with:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 20.0%
Panic Disorder 15.0%
PTSD 10.0%
None of the above 8.0%
Obsessive Complusive Disorder 8.0%
Agoraphobia 1.0%
Other 38.0%

Which of the following statements most accurately reflects your situation [check one]:

My anxiety worsens my depression or bipolar disorder 43.7%
My depression or bipolar disorder worsens my anxiety 30.2%
Unsure 23.2%
My depression or bipolar disorder and anxiety do not affect each other 2.9%

When does your anxiety worse [select 3-5]:

When my sleep patterns are disrupted 57.3%
In certain social situations 51.3%
When I'm in very crowded areas 42.9%
When I'm under pressure at work 40.7%
When my family members are having problems 35.6%
Around holidays and birthdays 32.0%
My anxiety is unpredictable 29.5%
When I stop taking my medication 28.7%
When my daily routine is disrupted 26.7%
When I don't eat right 17.3%
When I adjust or switch my medication 16.9%
When I'm sick because of another illness 14.8%
When I don't exercise 13.4%
When I stop seeing my therapist or doctor 11.5%
Other 11.0%
When I don't attend my support group 4.9%

Do you initiate discussion with your doctor or therapist about your anxiety?
Yes 75.1%
No 24.0%

Does your current medication and/or treatment plan help manage your anxiety effectively?
Yes 43.2%
No 29.1%
Unsure 26.9%

Does your doctor or therapist ask you about your anxiety?
Yes 67.5%
No 31.7%

Do you use any tools, such as personal journals or mood trackers, to help manage your anxiety?
Yes 67.5%
No 31.7&

Which of the following activities helps you manage your anxiety most [select at least three, but no more than five that work best for you]: Please make between 3 and 5 selections from the choices below.

Medication 71.8%
Sleep/Rest 56.5%
Talk Therapy 39.0%
Exercise 34.9%
Spending time with my pet(s) 28.9%
Music 28.2%
Prayer/Meditation 28.1%
Spending time with family/friends 27.6%
Reading 21.0%
Journaling 19.1%
Work/Hobby 16.1%
Relaxtion exercises 14.9%
Support groups 12.0%
Other 9.9%
Diet/nutrition 9.9%
No answer 0.6%

Do you regularly attend any type of patient or peer-led support group? ("peer-led" support groups refer to groups of individuals with common illnesses or life experiences)?
No 81.0%
Yes 18.2%

If yes, does peer support help you manage your anxiety?
Yes 64.8%
No 20.6%

If yes, how important is peer support in managing your anxiety [Check One]?
Critical 4.8%
Very important but not critical 7.5%
Moderately important 7.7%
Not too important 3.3%
Unimportant 9.3%
No answer 67.5%

In your opinion, are anxiety disorders more accepted by the general public than depression?
Yes 52.6%
No 47.4%

In your opinion, are anxiety disorders more accepted by the general public than bipolar disorder?
Yes 80.7%
No 19.3%