Depression is radically on the increase in the UK, and this could be because of the drastic downturn in the economy, according to a report by the BBC.
The BBC, from information that the NHS Prescription Services had revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, stated that there was a steep rise in prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs by 43 per cent in the past four years. This was the period during which the country had to face recession and its accompanying financial crisis. The rise in prescriptions could be caused by a combination of money problems and the fact that people are not viewing the condition as a stigma anymore.
Physicians reported that they were being increasingly consulted by people struggling with debt and job worries. Chief executive of Depression Alliance UK, Emer O'Neill said, "The financial strain on many people has never been worse. They are worried about their spiralling bills and where the next meal is coming from. It can make you feel very down, and it soon becomes a cycle." She urges depressed people to take their problem seriously and consult their GP for treatment.
Paul Burstow, Care Services minister states that the National Health Service is equipped to address the issue, whether the depression is caused by anxiety or something else.