Depression in England increased by nearly half a million17th October 2012
Data analysis firm SSentif has confirmed the number of people diagnosed with depression has gone up by almost half a million over a three year period.
The firm said the number of people who were depressed was 4.7 million and the amount of prescriptions for antidepressants also rose.
The biggest increase was suggested to be in Yorkshire and the Humber, where registered patients went up by 19%.
SSentif managing director Judy Aldred said: "We have to remember that the real numbers are likely to be much higher as many people do not seek GP support."
The chief executive of the Depression Alliance, Emer O'Neill, said: "We're still at the tip of the iceberg of what the figure could be."
She explained that the poor economic situation was having an adverse effect on many people, as they caused redundancies and divorce.
Ms O'Neill said that GPs were more adept at diagnosing the illness and there was less of a social stigma about admitting to being depressed.
"More people are coming forwards and they are coming forward because the level of support is better," she added.
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Title: Depression in England increased by nearly half a million
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 22965
Date Added: 17th Oct 2012