Anxiety disorders

Caucasian man reflecting, worried look

What are anxiety disorders?

An anxiety disorder may be present when a person’s emotional reaction is out of proportion to the worry or the anticipated threat, and this anxiety causes problems with everyday functioning (for example, with household chores, work, relationships and/or study). 

People with anxiety disorders often have a tendency to expect negative outcomes or to feel a loss of control over upcoming feared situations.

Some facts about anxiety disorders

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders, affecting nearly one in seven (14.4%) Australian adults over a 12-month period
  • More women (17.9%) than men (10.8%) experience anxiety disorders
  • It is common for a person with an anxiety disorder to also be experiencing another anxiety disorder, depression or substance abuse
Page last updated 22-Dec-2009
Last Updated : 23-Sep-2013