The mental health of Australians 2

5.1 Prevalence of anxiety disorders in the Australian population

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Anxiety disorders was the most common class of mental disorders with one in seven (14.4%) people experiencing anxiety disorders in the 12 months prior to interview. Posttraumatic stress disorder (6.4%) and social phobia (4.7%) were the most common types of anxiety disorders (Table 5-1).

Table 5-1: Prevalence of 12-month anxiety disorders by anxiety disorder type and sex

Anxiety disorder

Males (%)

Females (%)

Persons (%)

Panic disorder
2.3
2.9
2.6
Agoraphobia
2.1
3.5
2.8
Social phobia
3.8
5.7
4.7
Generalized anxiety disorder
2.0
3.5
2.7
Posttraumatic stress disorder
4.6
8.3
6.4
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
1.6
2.2
1.9

Any anxiety disorder

10.8
17.9
14.4

Note: Totals are lower than the sum of disorders as people may have had more than one type of anxiety disorder in the 12 months.