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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> Health >> Health conditions >> Mental health

In 1997, some 15.0% (51,102) of people in Tasmania aged 18 years and over reported having a mental disorder in the 12-month period prior to interview.

Mental disorders fall into two main categories:

  • Anxiety disorders (e.g. panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder); and
  • Affective (mood) disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar affective disorder, postnatal depression).

PREVALENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS(a) - 1997

Tasmania
Australia
Number
Proportion
Number
Proportion

'000
%
'000
%

Anxiety disorders
28.6
8.4
1,299.9
9.7
Affective disorders
25.5
7.5
778.6
5.8
Total mental disorders(b)(c)
51.1
15.0
2,383.1
17.7

(a) During the 12 months prior to interview. Interviews were undertaken in May to August 1997.
(b) Includes substance abuse disorders.
(c) A person may have more than one mental disorder. The components when added may be larger than the total.

Source: ABS data available on request, Mental Health and Wellbeing of Adults Survey.


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