5.2.1 Sex and ageFemales experienced a much higher rate of anxiety disorders compared to males (17.9% and 10.8% respectively). This was true for all types of anxiety disorders, except obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder. However, the trend in these disorders was also for higher prevalence in females (Table 5-1).
The prevalence of anxiety disorders was related to age, however, this relationship was different for males and females (Figure 5-1). For females aged 16-54 years the prevalence was very similar, with around one in five females experiencing anxiety disorders. The prevalence then declined for females 55 years and over. For males, the prevalence peaked in the 35-44 year age group (14.9%) and then declined with increasing age.
Figure 5-1: Prevalence of 12-month anxiety disorders by age and sex
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Table 5-2: Prevalence of 12-month anxiety disorders by sex, marital status, labour force status, education and country of birth
|Married/ de facto|
|Separated/ divorced/ widowed|
Labour force status
|Not in the labour force|
|School qualification only|
|Did not complete school|
Country of birth
|Other English-speaking country|
|Non-English speaking country|
Note: Numbers presented for marital status, labour force status and education are age-standardised.