The proportion of people with each type of affective disorder who consulted health professionals for their mental health problems in the 12 months prior to the interview is shown in Table 4-6. The proportion that reported using services was similar for those with depressive episode and dysthymia (61.3% and 62.8% respectively), while only half (52.7%) of people with bipolar affective disorder reported using services.
Table 4-6: service use by type of 12-month affective disorder
Service use (%)
|Bipolar affective disorder|
Any affective disorder
Note: Total is lower than the sum of disorders as people may have had more than one type of affective disorder.