The mental health of Australians 2

5.4 Service use by people with anxiety disorders

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The proportion of people with each type of anxiety disorder who used services for mental health problems in the previous 12 months is shown in Table 5-6. Overall, two-fifths (37.8%) of people with anxiety disorders used services in the previous 12 months.

There was a difference in the likelihood of whether people had used services for their mental health problems depending on the type of anxiety disorder they had. People with agoraphobia (61.2%) were most likely to have used services for their mental health problems in the previous 12 months, while people with posttraumatic stress disorder and social phobia were the least likely to use services (37.9% and 42.8% respectively). Just over half of people with panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder used services (55.0%, 55.1% and 50.2% respectively).

Table 5-6: service use by type of 12-month anxiety disorder

Anxiety disorder

Service use (%)

Panic disorder
55.0
Agoraphobia
61.2
Social phobia
42.8
Generalized anxiety disorder
55.1
Posttraumatic stress disorder
37.9
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
50.2

Any anxiety disorder

37.8

Note: Total is lower than the sum of disorders as people may have had more than one type of anxiety disorder.