While the DSM IV is filled with a wide range of disorders, there are certain disorders that are far more common than others. Mood disorders are some of the most common ones from the DSM IV. Studies show that in America, over 20 million adults suffer from one of these disorders. One fact about these disorders is that it’s common for them to coincide with substance abuse or another disorder from the anxiety category. The most common mood disorder is major depressive disorder. While it affects people of both genders, this disorder is more common in women.
Another category of DSM IV disorders that are extremely common are anxiety related disorders. According to recent surveys, more than 40 million people in America suffer from disorders within this category. What’s especially alarming about disorders in this category is that it is common for people to have not just one disorder, but at least two.
Another notable DSM IV disorder category is that of eating disorders. In comparison to mood disorders and anxiety disorders, disorders in this category are far less prevalent. However, they are still common and serious enough to warrant significant concern. One reason is because this is such a specific problem among women. The other reason is because people who suffer from a condition within this category are 12 times more likely to die than an average person.
Because these conditions are so common, if you or someone you know is suffering from one, you shouldn’t feel ashamed of seeking professional attention.