The prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in Australian women

Williams, Lana, Jacka, Felice, Pasco, Julie, Henry, Margaret, Dodd, Seetal, Nicholson, Geoffrey, Kotowicz, Mark and Berk, Michael 2010, The prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in Australian women, Australasian psychiatry, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 250-255, doi: 10.3109/10398561003731155.

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Title The prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in Australian women
Author(s) Williams, LanaORCID iD for Williams, Lana
Jacka, FeliceORCID iD for Jacka, Felice
Pasco, JulieORCID iD for Pasco, Julie
Henry, Margaret
Dodd, SeetalORCID iD for Dodd, Seetal
Nicholson, Geoffrey
Kotowicz, MarkORCID iD for Kotowicz, Mark
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael
Journal name Australasian psychiatry
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 250
End page 255
Total pages 6
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 1039-8562
Keyword(s) anxiety disorders
mood disorders
Summary Objective: We aimed to report the prevalence, age-of-onset and comorbidity of mood and anxiety disorders in an age-stratified representative sample of Australian women aged 20 years and over.

Method: Mood and anxiety disorders were diagnosed utilising a clinical interview (SCID-I/NP). The lifetime and current prevalence of these disorders was determined from the study population (n = 1095) and standardized to 2006 census data for Australia.

Results: Approximately one in three women (34.8%) reported a lifetime history of any mood and/or anxiety disorder, with mood disorders (30.0%) being more prevalent than anxiety disorders (13.5%). Of these, major depression (23.4%), panic disorder (5.5%) and specific phobia (3.5%) were the most common. The lifetime prevalence of other disorders was low (≤3%). A total of 14.4% of women were identified as having a current mood and/or anxiety disorder, with similar rates of mood (8.9%) and anxiety disorders (8.0%) observed. The median age-of-onset for mood disorders was 27.0 years and 18.5 years for anxiety disorders.

Conclusions: This study reports the lifetime and current prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in the Australian female population. The findings emphasize the extent of the burden of these disorders in the community.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/10398561003731155
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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