Study shows one in five Britons suffers from anxiety or depression

By September 29, 2013Uncategorized

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A recent survey stated that one in five Britons suffers from anxiety or depression. High levels of unemployment, relationship breakdowns and poor physical health are cited as the main causes of stress-related illnesses. The survey is the most comprehensive study ever carried out into our mental health.

Paul Jenkins, chief executive of Rethink Mental Illness says the survey is a ‘wake-up call’ for the NHS, which is not equipped to deal with mental health problems.

‘Unfortunately, NHS services for people with mild to moderate depression are extremely limited,’ he said. ‘Far too many people are given medication as the first and only option, when they should be offered talking therapies. We need a larger share of NHS resources dedicated to mental health and better training for GPs.’ Paul Jenkins was speaking out after the figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed the scale of the problem.

The figures were revealed as part of the Measuring National Wellbeing Programme, saw 40,000 households surveyed after David Cameron ordered a report to gauge the nation’s happiness.

People aged 50 to 54 are most likely to suffer from depression. It revealed 16 per cent of men and one in five women have suffered from the symptoms of anxiety, including low self-esteem.

The department of health has invested £400 million to improve mental health care since 2010.

But a spokeswoman admitted: ‘Stigma attached to the illness can play a big part in people not coming forward for early treatment.’

If you find that you may have symptoms of stress and anxiety, it is important to understand that you do not need to deal with it alone.