Is There Any Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status And Education Level And The Development Of An Anxiety Disorder?

Dr. Milofsky answers the question: 'Poverty, Education And Anxiety Disorders?'

ByABC News
April 15, 2008, 5:37 PM

— -- Question: Is there any relationship between socioeconomic status and education level and the development of an anxiety disorder?

Answer: Unlike the disease schizophrenia, which is overly represented in the lower socioeconomic strata or bipolar disorder which you really see overrepresented in more educated people, anxiety disorders are found throughout the socioeconomic strata.

You might think that people who are poorer or have less education would have more real problems and therefore be more likely to be anxious, but anxiety doesn't really work that way. And wealthy people also develop anxiety disorders. Anxiety is a disease fundamentally of the brain and so it really respects no particular level of education or wealth.

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