Monday, September 9th, 2013 - Roy Morgan Research

The proportion of New Zealanders with an anxiety disorder increased by nearly 65% between 2007 and 2013, the latest figures from Roy Morgan Research reveal.

The proportion of New Zealanders with an anxiety disorder increased by nearly 65% between 2007 and 2013, the latest figures from Roy Morgan Research reveal. In the year to April 2013, 294,000 Kiwis aged 18+ — or 8.9% of the adult population — reported having anxiety, up from 164,000 (or 5.4%) six years earlier.

A steady increase in anxiety has been especially noticeable among women, rising from 6.6% in 2007 to 11.7% in 2013. Among Kiwi men, incidence was lower in general, but did increase from 4.2% to 5.9% over the same period.

Meanwhile, the proportion of New Zealanders feeling stressed has also risen, but not as markedly. Whereas 16.7% of the adult population reported being stressed in the 12 months to April 2007, the figure now sits at 17.8%.

Across the Tasman in Australia, the incidence of anxiety has also risen, with nearly 14% of the population reporting they had anxiety in 2012, up from 9% in 2007.

Source:Roy Morgan Single Source (New Zealand), May 2006-April 2007 (n=11,629) and May 2012-April 2013 (n=12,001). Base: New Zealanders 18+

Pip Elliott, General Manager, Roy Morgan Research NZ, says:

“These results are consistent with the latest New Zealand Ministry of Health Mental Health Survey, which reports that about one in seven New Zealanders has been diagnosed with a common mental condition such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder.

“While the incidence of anxiety (and, to a lesser extent, stress) has risen among the New Zealand population, it remains significantly lower than in Australia.

“Mental health is an important societal issue, and needs to be treated as seriously as physical well-being by governments and medical practitioners.”

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