In the 12 months prior to interview 6.2% of Australians aged 16-85 years had affective disorders (Table 4-1). Females were more likely than males to have affective disorders (7.1% in females compared to 5.3% in males).
Depressive episode was the most common type of affective disorder with a prevalence of around one in twenty-five (4.1%) in the population. Dysthymia and bipolar affective disorder were less common with an overall prevalence in the population of 1.3% and 1.8% respectively.
|Bipolar affective disorder|
Any affective disorder
Note: Totals are lower than the sum of disorders as people may have had more than one type of affective disorder in the 12 months.