Of almost 16,000 people who were surveyed for the study between 2020 and 2022, 21.5 percent reported experiencing a
in the previous 12 months. Among respondents aged 16 to 24, 38.8 percent experienced a mental disorder in the 12 months prior to being surveyed.
“Almost half of young females (45.5 percent) and one-third of young males (32.4 percent) aged 16-24 years had a mental disorder in this period, with anxiety disorders being the most common,” Linda Fardell, head of health statistics at the ABS, said in a statement. Anxiety was the most common group of mental disorders in 2020-2022.
More than one in six Australians (17.2 percent) had an anxiety disorder such as social phobia or post-traumatic stress disorder in the previous 12 months. 7.5 percent of people had an affective disorder such as depression, while 3.3 percent had a substance use disorder.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental disorders as health conditions that involve a disturbance in a person’s cognition, behavior or emotional regulation and estimated that 970 million people globally were living with a mental disorder in 2019.”
The ABS found that 45.1 percent of Australians who had a disorder in the 12 months before being surveyed for the report saw a health professional for their mental health, with females more likely to consult a professional than males.
- National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2020-2022 – (https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/mental-health/national-study-mental-health-and-wellbeing/latest-release)